Anthropology BA Archaeology
Students in archaeology at BYU learn to view the world with an 'anthropological perspective,' seeing the varieties of humanity throughout history in holistic, worldwide terms. Students also gain an appreciation for the creativity and diversity of humankind over time through the study, excavation, and analysis of archaeological remains. Toward that end, the curriculum in Archaeology offers a diversity of classes on the peoples and cultures of the world, past and present. Students taking the Archaeology Emphasis learn the most critical theories and methodologies of archaeology, in addition to how to apply these paradigms to archaeological research, site excavation, and the interpretation of archaeological materials. Students are thus prepared with the tools necessary to practice archaeology in today's complex world through mastering both class assignments and mentored instruction in on-site excavation practices, laboratory analysis, and writing in the discipline. The program also seeks to instill in students the fundamental tenets and ethics of the Archaeology as they are governed by both national and international professional and legal standards. BYU Archaeology Field Schools are held alternately between sites in the American Southwest or at Petra, Jordan.
Effective and Professional Communication
Graduates will be able to write clearly & precisely in all types of communication demanded by the discipline.
Graduates will possess a solid knowledge of the diversity of past human cultures both in the New World and the Old World including World Prehistory, as well as how the theories and methodologies of Archaeology have contributed to that knowledge.
Graduates will gain experience with qualitative and quantitative methods used to gather, process, and interpret archaeological data.
Program graduates will understand and be able apply contemporary social theory in the analysis of archaeological sites and artifacts.
Students will be competent in basic archaeological field methods.
Evidence of Learning
Assessment tools including faculty evaluations of individual student portfolios at the completion of the capstone sequence.
Student advisement during program.
Four capstone courses that include student performance in an on-site archaeological field school, a follow-up artifact analysis laboratory, and a senior thesis course that requires both an oral presentation and written thesis demonstrating the student's application of learned and applied knowledge.
Exit surveys of graduating seniors.
Alumni surveys of previous graduates.
1. Graded course work such as exams, written assignments, projects, and field work (Examples of graded student products representative of the range of grades are kept on file.)
2. Semi-annual reports on student progress by the faculty advisor.
3. Student accomplishments in obtaining ORCA grants, publications, awards, etc.
4. Graduates' success in obtaining employment or admission to graduate programs.
1. Senior exit surveys
2. BYU alumni surveys
Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement
Data documenting the assessment measures are filed in the main office. This data is analyzed and summarized by the undergraduate coordinator and presented to the faculty each year. From ensuing discussions, decisions are made by the faculty for revising the curriculum and improving student learning.
Analysis, evaluation, and improvements necessary for the archaeology program are gleaned by the archaeology faculty (or their designates) through the following precesses: 1) reading the required individual student portfolios created at the end of the capstone sequence of courses each semester. This portfolio includes the final senior thesis, three research papers or written projects selected by the student from any of their previous courses in the department, and a one-day selection from the pages of their Site Field Notebook from the student's Archaeological Field School experience that demonstrates the student's ability to accurately record excavation data; 2) analyzing deficiencies and proposing changes to the archaeology program to address these deficiencies.
Outstanding Capstone senior thesis papers are selected by the archaeology faculty for awards at a yearly honors banquet.
The above process allows extensive review of the program on a semester-by-semester basis. Curriculum improvement decisions are made by the entire faculty and changes are submitted to the College and University Curriculum Committees via the standard forms and processes.
Exit surveys of all graduating seniors are also utilized to discuss suggested improvements to the program.
We attempt to track all graduating students to monitor their acceptance into graduate programs, employment venues, as well as their program satisfaction after a lead time out of our department, given their experiences post the BYU undergraduate archaeology program.