Archaeology is the study of the artifacts and other material remains of past human societies. Through this study, the characteristics of past human culture (e.g., technology, subsistence, social structure, etc.) are revealed, as well as the time periods at which they existed. The archaeology program focuses on past cultures in western Canada and the broader Circumpolar North. The application of science methodologies in the analysis of archaeological materials is an important part of archaeological research. For this reason, the Department offers both B.A. and B.Sc. programs. Students who plan to major in archaeology should consult the Head of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology or the Undergraduate Advisor concerning their choice of courses.

Students who prefer a social science orientation should choose one of the Archaeology and Anthropology degree programs.

Students who prefer a science orientation should choose one of the B.Sc. in Archaeology degree programs.

Students will not be permitted to complete both a B.A. in Archaeology and Anthropology and a B.Sc. in Archaeology.

Major Average

The major average in the B.Sc. in Archaeology programs includes the grades earned in:

  • Minimum requirements in the Major Requirement C4.

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a B.Sc. degree in Archaeology, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement C4.

See Residency for additional details.


The Departments of Archaeology and Anthropology, Biology and Geological Sciences have developed an interdisciplinary program in Palaeobiology. For further information refer to the Palaeobiology section of the Course & Program Catalogue and contact the chairperson of the administrative committee. These courses are offered occasionally by visiting faculty and in other special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the Department for more information

St. Thomas More College

Some courses in Archaeology are taught by faculty in the corresponding department of St. Thomas More College. These courses or sections are designated as STM sections in the online Course Offerings.