Studying Archaeology at Missouri State University

Explore the past

Archaeologists seek to explore the history of people and cultures through the study of material remains. Archaeology involves a concern for the management of archaeological sites, the interpretation of cultural heritage, and the ethics of preserving and presenting the human past.


Students minoring or completing a certificate in archaeology will gain hands-on knowledge of archaeological field and laboratory methods, become familiar with theories used to interpret the archaeological record, and learn about the importance of archaeology in contemporary societies.


Students may not declare or earn both a certificate and a minor in archaeology.

Looking for a quick introduction to archaeology? A certificate is a way to immerse yourself in the field without having to worry about a large time commitment.

Two students at a dig site.

Considering a minor to pair with your major? This minor is an excellent companion to any major including Anthropology, History, Religious Studies, Geology, Geospatial Sciences, and Geography.