John Doershuk

State Archaeologist

Iowa State Archaeologist John Doershuk frequently works with Cornell students in the field, the classroom, and his research lab at the University of Iowa. Read more

Student compares historic sites in Greece and the Bahamas

After visiting the ancient Greek palace complex of Knossos and the slave plantation ruins of Prospect Hill in the Bahamas for two month-long Cornell courses, American History major Cate LiaBraaten '12 wrote a research paper comparing the two historic sites. Read More

Students explore 17 Chicago museums and related careers

Archaeology class inspired Clark to research around the world


Archaeology Program

Program overview

Students may develop an individualized major in Archaeology by following the guidelines for planning a major.

The archaeology program at Cornell is highly flexible and intentionally multi-disciplinary. It includes a set of core courses in anthropology, the sciences, and language study.  It also includes several options for investigating themes of time and place, along with a choice of electives and a senior thesis project.

For students intending to attend graduate school in archaeology, we also recommended completing an additional major or minor in a related discipline, such as anthropology, art history, classical studies, geology, history, religion, or Spanish.

Off-campus study & State Archaeologist

Cornell's One Course at a Time curriculum affords many immersion experiences that allow students to delve deeply into the subject matter. One way we do this is through block-long, off-campus courses to places like Greece and Rome.

We also maintain a relationship with Iowa State Archaeologist John Doershuk, who teaches Intro to Archaeological Field Methods and other courses at Cornell, and who frequently extends research opportunities to our students through his lab at the University of Iowa.