Welcome to the Department of Archaeology and Art History!
With small class sizes and dedicated faculty who have been awarded recognition for their teaching at the college, university, and national level, our close-knit department enables students to successfully pursue their educational passions and achieve their career goals.
We are one of only a few stand-alone archaeology departments in the nation and are unusual in that we grant a BA in archaeology, rather than anthropology or history. The archaeology major concentrates on the ancient Mediterranean, Near East, and Western Europe.
The department’s art history major offers a focus on Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century, but also provides exposure to the art of China and Japan. Many of the department’s majors take the regularly offered Museum and Gallery Studies course, which focuses on key contemporary issues in archaeology, art history, and classical studies.
Our majors have the unique opportunity to learn excavation and lab techniques at the only ongoing on-campus excavation in the nation. The Tin City excavation project, begun in 2003, offers students a chance to practice archaeological field methods as well as the possibility for independent research.
In addition, the post-excavation phase of the Jezreel Expedition offers our undergraduates the chance to work closely with alumni and other professionals on research projects for possible publication. This is an experience not offered in any other undergraduate archaeology program.
We also provide our art history majors with an exceptional opportunity to learn about historic preservation and modern architecture by working as a tour guide/docent at the campus’ own historical home designed by Evansville native William Wesley Peters, who was Frank Lloyd Wright’s favorite apprentice and, later, son-in-law.
The academic profile of archaeology and art history majors is high. Every semester, approximately 20 students make the Dean's List. Students seek out and have been awarded competitive undergraduate scholarships from the National Science Foundation, National Park Service, and UExplore Undergraduate Research. With a pool of motivated students like these, the department has produced many successful alumni who work in an array of fields.