Bachelor of Arts (Archaeology)
Archaeology is the study of past human societies through materials left behind. Archaeologists work in museums and interpretive sites or as consultants. At JCU you will gain practical skills through laboratory work and participation in site excavations
|Duration||3 years full time
Part time available
What is archaeology?
Archaeology is the study of past human societies. Our Bachelor of Arts Archaeology major covers historical and human evolutionary topics as well as practical fieldwork skills, including a Rock Art Field School.
Our program makes the most of the North Queensland environment, investigating the deep past of Australian Indigenous people as well as the last 200 years of Indigenous-settler history. We also explore the archaeology and heritage of our Pacific and Asian neighbours, early European societies and human origins.
Making the most of the northern Queensland environment, you will investigate Indigenous and colonial Australia, our Pacific and Asian neighbours, as well as the origins of European society.
Getting real experience
Archaeology students at JCU will gain fieldwork skills through projects at archaeological sites around Townsville and Cairns. This provides experience in research and skills needed for a professional career in archaeology.
Getting a job
Archaeologists can work as consultants conducting cultural heritage impact studies or with cultural heritage agencies such as the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP), who are responsible for managing cultural heritage:
Archaeology graduates also have careers in:
mining and development projects
government departments and local councils
universities (as teachers and researchers)
Joint degree options
Joint degrees give students expertise in a complementary discipline in reduced time and can enhance career prospects. At JCU the Bachelor of Arts degree can be combined as a joint degree in:
This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.