Interdisciplinary Minor in Archaeology

The interdisciplinary minor in Archaeology draws upon the resources of Anthropology, Geography and Geology, and History to provide a comprehensive view of modern archaeological techniques, particularly in those disciplines involved with diachronic studies of human cultures. In consultation with the advisor and appropriate departmental advisors, students may pursue flexible elective tracks focusing on the application of archaeological methods and techniques in anthropology, geography, or history. The minor in Archaeology requires 18 credit hours, including 9 hours of required courses, and 9 hours of general electives from the list below. Each student is required to take electives from at least two departments, and a selection from all three departments in encouraged.

The Faculty Advisor for the Interdisciplinary Minor in Archaeology is Professor Kevin E. Smith. Office: TODD 313, Phone: 615-898-5958. Email:

Required Courses

  • ANTH 2210 World Prehistory
  • ANTH 3610 Archaeological Methods OR ANTH 4950 Archaeological Field School OR HIST 4870 Field Course in Historical Archaeology
  • PGEO 4380 Cartography OR PGEO 4490 Remote Sensing OR PGEO 4530 Geographic Information Systems

Electives (choose 9 hours)

  • ANTH 2230 Tennessee Archaeology
  • ANTH 2240 Sunken Continents, Lost Tribes, and Ancient Astronauts
  • ANTH 3210 Archaeology
  • ANTH 3520 North American Prehistoric Archaeology
  • ANTH 3521 Mesoamerican Archaeology
  • ANTH 3610 Archaeological Methods
  • ANTH/GEOG 3720 Cultural Ecology
  • ANTH 4620 Environmental Archaeology
  • ANTH 4950 Archaeological Field School
  • PGEO 1030 Physical Geography
  • PGEO 4380/5380 Cartography
  • PGEO 4490/5490 Remote Sensing
  • PGEO 4510/5510 Lab Problems in Remote Sensing
  • PGEO 4530/5530 GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
  • PGEO 4571/5571 Internship in Geography
  • PGEO 6040 Geospatial Systems and Application
  • GEOL 1040 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 4020 Geomorphic Regions of the United States
  • HIST 3110 Explorations in Public History
  • HIST 4860 Historical Archaeology
  • HIST 4870 Field Course in Historical Archaeology. (same as GEOG 4772)
  • HIST 4930 Fundamentals of History Preservation and Cultural Restoration Management