Come unearth the evidence of the origins and patterns of human life with the guidance of Longwood's experienced faculty. You’ll explore the evolution of people and examine the past and present in the villages of New Guinea, on the English countryside, under the forest canopies of Nigeria and our own United States.

Longwood's Institute of Archaeology (IoA) engages in world-class archaeological projects for public and private clients. Through the IoA, undergraduate anthropology and archaeology majors participate in a wide variety of research initiatives and cultural resource management projects. Students also "earn while they learn" through paid positions that build upon theories and skills learned in the classroom.

Career Paths

Anthropology and Archaeology graduates are finding successful careers in a variety of fields. These are some of the things our graduates are doing:

  • GIS Technician/ Archaeological Lab Assistant
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Fire Department Captain
  • Maritime Archaeologist
  • Restoration Specialist
  • State Trooper
  • Earth and Environmental Science Teacher
  • Principal Investigator and Senior Archaeologist
  • Freelance Writer
  • Museum Registrar and Collections Specialist
  • Archaeological Field Technician
  • Network Operations Director
  • Officer, United States Navy
  • Bank Vice President

What You'll Study


Anthropology focuses on the cultural, social and biological diversity of human groups in the present, historic and prehistoric past. Archaeology examines past cultures through the recovery and reconstruction of material remains.

You’ll examine this great diversity through the study of patterns of culture, social behavior, language structure, archaeological artifacts and evolution. Hands-on laboratory and field research with the Dr. James W. Jordan Archaeology Field School and the opportunity to work with real world clients through the Institute of Archaeology complement the classroom experience.

Minor in Anthropology & Archaeology


Come dig around and uncover the past with a minor in Anthropology and Archaeology. You'll explore the development of humanity and explore cultures around the world with our distinguished faculty and a hands-on learning environment. This is an 18 credit minor that requires Introduction to Anthropology. 


Examine the diversity of anthropology through a wide range of subjects — courses include Peoples of the Pacific, Supernatural Belief Systems and Forensic Anthropology.

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