Program: Foundations of Archaeological Knowledge Certificate

Program Description

For those who lack sufficient foundational knowledge in archaeological method and theory, the CSUN Foundations of Archaeological Knowledge curriculum provides excellent preparation for entry into the master’s degree program in Archaeology or Anthropology. Students will complete coursework in the method and theory used by anthropological archaeologists, as well as topical work in the archaeology of North America generally or California specifically. Up to nine units of credit earned in this certificate program can be used to satisfy the degree requirements of the CSUN Master of Arts in Anthropology or the CSUN Master of Arts in Public Archaeology.

Program Requirements

A. Requirements for Admission to the Certificate Program

  1. B.A. in any field from an accredited college or university.
  2. Students with a cumulative undergraduate GPA lower than 3.0 must score at or above the 50th percentile on two of the three portions of the aptitude test of the Graduate Record Exam.
  3. Department application cover sheet.
  4. One-page written statement by applicant indicating research and career objectives.
  5. Resume or curriculum vitae.
  6. One letter of recommendation from an individual who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in post-baccalaureate studies.

B. Course Requirements

Minimum of 15 units of approved coursework in Anthropology. Specific required coursework consists of:

1. Core courses (12 units)

2. Elective (3 units)

Choose one course from the following list:

ANTH 427 Archaeology of North America (3)
ANTH 449 Historical Archaeology (3)
ANTH 521 California Archaeology (3)
ANTH 527 Advanced North American Archaeology (3)
ANTH 549 Advanced Historical Archaeology (3)

Total Units for the Certificate: 15


Chair: Suzanne Scheld
Sierra Hall (SH) 232
(818) 677-3331

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the post-baccalaureate certificate in Foundations of Archaeological Knowledge will demonstrate:

  1. An understanding of what archaeology is, its subject matter and its goals, and its place within American Anthropology.
  2. An understanding of the major approaches to conducting research in anthropological archaeology, including primary methods of data collection and analysis.
  3. A familiarity with the major concepts, theories and theorists in anthropological archaeology.
  4. An understanding of the causes and consequences of differences among human groups across time and space.