Contents of the minor

The minor Archeology takes you from the first Bronze Age trading networks to the great empires of the Greeks, Romans and Carolingians, through the history of material culture of the premodern Mediterranean and Europe. The civilizations that thrived in this region left behind an astonishingly wide array of archaeological evidence that can be studied to reconstruct their identities, religious beliefs and socio-political institutions. This evidence includes a great variety of monuments and artefacts that range from everyday pots, coins and tools, to luxury items, monumental graves and the most splendid religious buildings.

This minor will help you find your way around the material cultures of the Ancient and Medieval World, from the Mediterranean to our own Domplein in Utrecht. Central questions in all four courses are ‘how do we study material culture?’ and ‘how can we answer historical questions with the help of archaeology?’. Guided by these questions, the Archaeology Minor will help you connect material culture to the written sources, for example by linking historical data about trade, religion or politics with find assemblages, status objects or architectural remains.

Besides this cultural-historical approach, attention will be paid to the methodological aspects of archaeological research. The four courses in this minor will regularly take you beyond the classroom, with visits to archaeological excavations and museums, experiments with the archaeologist’s equipment and first-hand research on archaeological objects.

Aims

The aim of this minor is to help you get comfortable with and reflect on:

  • Technical, theoretical and ethical aspects of doing archaeological research
  • The study of ancient and medieval objects
  • The role of material culture in answering historical questions

The Archaeology Minor welcomes second and third year Bachelor students who have a clear affinity with the material culture of the past. This minor will help you understand the use and importance of material culture and incorporate the various archaeological methodologies and theories in their respective majors, master’s programs or professional careers.

We expect that you possess (and develop further) broad cognitive skills that allow you to process cultural-historical and technical-theoretical problems and to implement them in a practical setting.

Matching Bachelor Programmes

The Archaeology Minor represents a useful practical and theoretical addition to almost every track imaginable within the Department of History and Art History, as well as some programmes within the Faculty of Geosciences.

Preparing for a Master’s Programme

The Archaeology Minor provides an excellent preparation for the Research Master Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, which has a strong emphasis on material culture.

Blok 3

GE2V17007
Introduction Archaeology
Niveau 2
7,5 EC

Blok 4

GE3V14047
Material Culture of the Middle Ages
Niveau 3
7,5 EC

Blok 1

GE2V14018
Classical Archaeology

Niveau 2
7,5 EC

Blok 2

GE3V14046
Roman Archaeology in town and county
Niveau 3
7,5 EC

Entry requirements

  • introductory course Oudheid en Middeleeuwen (or in case you failed to do this course, you may get acquainted with the subject through appointed reference books)

There may be specific entry requirements for some of the course modules in the minor. Please refer to the description of the course modules in the University's Course Catalogue.

Application and registration

How to register for this minor and its course modules, depends on whether you are a student of Utrecht University or not.

Utrecht University students can register for a minor and the individual modules online via OSIRIS during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. You must register for both the minor itself and each course module individually.

Courses with Selected Entry

If you wish to register for a course with selected entry (selection committee), you must register for the minor and the individual course modules during the first week of the course registration period. An overview of courses with selected entry will be available on the website one week prior to the course registration period.

REGISTRATION STUDY RESULTS

Once you have completed the course modules, provided that you were enrolled for both the minor itself and each course module individually in OSIRIS, the minor and study results will be listed on your Study Progress Review.

Deviation standard programme

If you wish to deviate from the standard minor programme, you must request approval from the Board of Examiners of the Bachelor's programme that offers the minor.

Students from other Universities can register for the minor and each course module using the digital registration form (doc) during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. Please send the form -preferably via email- to the Student Desk Humanities.

Courses with Selected Entry

If you wish to register for a course with selected entry (selection committee), you must register for the course and the individual course modules during the first week of the course registration period. An overview of courses with selected entry will be available on the website one week prior to the course registration period.

Study results

Once you have completed the course modules with as passing result, you can apply for a list of grades (transcript) of the minor programme at the Student Desk Humanities.

More information

If you wish to know more, or have questions about this minor, please contact the Student Desk Humanities.

Minor coordinator
Telefoonnummer: 030 253 2174