Julia Plant, The Miami Student
The Department of Anthropology is offering Miami students a new minor in archaeology as of Nov. 21, when it was approved by the University Senate.
Archaeology is one of four sub-fields of anthropology offered at Miami and has been growing in popularity on campus in recent years. Up until now, students interested in archaeology have taken a general focus in anthropology, which includes biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology in addition to archaeology.
With the introduction of an archaeology minor, students can take classes in archaeology without the other three sub-fields.
"Because archaeology is so multidisciplinary, we have attracted people from a lot of different majors," said Jeb Card, a professor in the Anthropology department.
The minor is a mix of both science and the arts and combines classes from both anthropology and the classics, according Melissa Rosenzweig, a professor in the Department of Classics.
"I think the attraction is that it is a social science with a field component. Anyone who has that level of curiosity that includes questions about humanity but also an adventurous spirit would find the archaeology minor to be a good fit for them," said Rosenzweig.
Rosenzweig argued that this minor could be a strong auxiliary to numerous majors, both inside and outside of the department of Anthropology and the Department of Classics. She specifically mentioned history, art history, anthropology, museum studies, biological sciences, environmental sciences, engineering and business.
Sophomore Maddie Clawson is currently double majoring in history and anthropology and is considering the archaeology minor.
"I like the hands-on aspect of archaeology. Actually getting to touch these artifacts and study them is a really cool thing to be able to do," said Clawson.
Sophomore Caroline Sausser hopes to become an archaeologist one day. She is currently double majoring in classical studies and classical languages and was planning on adding anthropology as a third major.
Because the anthropology major is too broad for her interests, she can now eliminate it and instead minor in archaeology.
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"This is fantastic because this way I can just take those classes that I was interested in the first place," said Sausser
The minor cannot currently be declared, but students are encouraged to start taking introductory anthropology courses to receive the necessary credits.
Introductory courses for the minor include Anthropology 212 and Classics 101 or 102.