2020 - 2021

Archaeologists and bioarchaeologists study past human cultures and behavior through the material culture left behind: artifacts and features, plant and animal remains, human remains, sediments, sites, and their associated landscapes. In the Department of Archaeology, our students engage in practical training and experiential learning in classroom, laboratory and fieldwork settings that provide a comprehensive education and transferable skills. State-of-the-art laboratories specializing in applied archaeological sciences, archaeobotany, archaeological conservation, and prehistoric, historical and aboriginal archaeology integrate undergraduates into community-university research initiatives from Northern Labrador to French Guiana and from British Columbia to Northwest Europe, including France and Spain. As one of the largest Archaeology departments in the country, we train our students to become effective researchers, critical thinkers, and active stewards for our shared archaeological heritage.

 Year One   Year Two   Year Three  Year Four and Beyond

To earn a Bachelor of Arts you must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including the following degree components: core requirements, major or honours program, minor or second major, and electives.

In your first 30 credit hours, take your first ARCH major courses - ARCH 1000 and ARCH 2480.

Consider specializing in bioarchaeology and archaeological science, historical archaeology or prehistoric archaeology. Consult with academic advisor about the implications for course selection.

Explore co-operative education through the department. Consult the University Calendar for program descriptions, degree regulations, course descriptions, important dates, and everything else academic. Work towards the completion of the core requirements for the BA. Record your progress in the degree tracker.

Learn about declaring your program, by visiting iDeclare or by emailing reghelp@mun.ca

In your next 30 to 60 credit hours, take one ARCH course from Group 1 (Core Courses), two ARCH course from Group 2 (Field and Laboratory Courses), and one ARCH course from Group 3 (Regional Courses). 

Finalize the BA core requirements (CRW, LS, and QR). Declare your minor or double major. Consult departmental liaisons and the University Calendar, including the general undergraduate academic regulations and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences regulations. If you are looking for more academic credentials, consider applying for admission into an honours program.

As part of your 60 to 90 credit hours, take one ARCH course from Group 2 (Field and Laboratory Courses), one ARCH course from Group 3 and two ARCH courses from Group 4 (Topical Courses).

Cross-check your degree advice with the University Calendar regulations, contact your department for information about honours program regulations/requirements, and seek a potential honours essay supervisor with similar interests.

In your final 90 to 120 credit hours, take ARCH 4182 and ARCH 4411.

Ensure your Breadth of Knowledge requirement for the BA core requirements has been fulfilled. Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in your Memorial Self-Service account, under the Graduation menu options.





  • In September, double check with the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Assistant Registrar at  audit_arts@mun.ca to ensure you are on track for graduation
  • Finalize applications and academic references for professional or graduate school
  • Attend the Career and Graduate School Fair in the fall
  • Apply to graduate before the deadlines posted in your Self-service account.

Pondering your future career interest?

Learn about the career versatility of the BA through BA Professional: A Facebook Live Series. Join us LIVE on Facebook (or watch past episodes) as we chat with Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences alumni and get key info about how to forge your own unique career path

Explore career interests related to your major(s). Seek opportunities to network in your community.

Prepare for life after graduation.


Go to departmental welcome event and Archaeology society mixer.

Attend Archaeology and Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Events.

Seek opportunities to attend academic conferences through the department or through the Newfoundland and Labrador Archaeological Society.

Think globally about your academic involvement through the Canadian Archaeological Association, Society for Historical Archaeology and Canadian Association for Physical Anthropology.


Consider Going Abroad and develop a plan with the go abroad coordinator.

Review your plan with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Meet with department advisor to ensure you are academically on track to study abroad
  • Know application deadlines and apply early

Prepare for your departure with the go abroad coordinator.

  • Attend pre-departure orientation
  • Complete pre-departure checklist and reflection
  • Make the most of your travel experience and become an ambassador

Unpack your go abroad experience.

  • Attend go abroad debrief and participate in a reflection
  • Add international experience to your resume/CV
  • Seek more opportunities to work, volunteer and/or study abroad

Well-being is integral to long-term student success. At Memorial we offer resources designed to maintain your health and equilibrium, and promote academic success.

 If you're in Distress or Crisis reach out for help • Become aware of supports available through the MUN Safe app - it is your direct line to a safer Memorial University. If you need a doctor, go to Student Health • Health and Dental insurance is offered through MUNSU • Foster well-being through online and in-person supports • Open the conversation about sexual harassment • Be a money smart student - know your finances, if you are in need, emergency loans and the campus food bank are available • The Works offers scheduled fitness programs and workout facilities • Check out Memorial Meditates • Living on-campus? Check out residence life • Living off-campus? Check out the Off-Campus housing• Be safe with safedrive • Visit Wellness and Chaplaincy Oasis during exams Ÿ Still have questions? Visit the current students page or talk to an advisor. 

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Dr. Barry Gaulton is an associate professor in the Department of Archaeology. His research focuses on life in Eastern North America and Newfoundland during the 17th century. Broad themes of interest include historical archaeology, vernacular architecture, material culture, military archaeology, maritime archaeology and transhumance. Dr. Gaulton currently directs archaeological projects at Ferryland and Sunnyside, and actively involves graduate and undergraduate students in his research.

What would your undergraduate self think of your current job?

My undergraduate self would be envious. Archaeology students aspire to be involved in intellectually-stimulating research set in a scenic location and surrounded by experienced and knowledgeable colleagues. I am fortunate to have all that here at Memorial. If I could turn back the clock, I’d follow the same career path.


What was your biggest challenge when arriving at university and how did you address this?

The transition from high school to post-secondary was the biggest challenge in terms of academic expectations. It took a bit of time to adjust to the workload: more reading, studying and writing papers.

Money for tuition and books was also a challenge. I worked part time at Mr. Sub on the weekends to help pay for my undergraduate degree. I must have made thousands of subs; strangely enough I still crave sub sandwiches!

What resources did you use while at MUN?

The QEII library was my second home. Our St. John’s campus library is fantastic. It has extensive holdings (lots of archaeology and history books/journals) user-friendly spaces and a helpful staff.


Did you ever meet with advisors, faculty or staff while a student?

Yes. I still remember the advice of my first and second year academic advisors. They had a significant impact on my career path. Once I decided on an archaeology major and history minor, I began to meet with faculty and staff in both departments on a regular basis to ask about courses and upcoming field and lab opportunities.

How did your extracurricular activities (on and off campus) influence your success?

Several years of MUN Shotokan Karate (under Dr. David Bell) helped instill discipline and camaraderie.

Was there an experience you had during your university years that influenced or put you on a path to your current career?

There were two memorable experiences which set me on the path to archaeology as a career choice.

The first was taking Archaeology 1030 (Introduction to Archaeology and Bioarchaeology). Not only was the course extremely interesting but the instructor (Dr. Sonja Jerkic) was very passionate about teaching. I was hooked right away. After taking a few more archaeology courses, and seeing that other faculty were equally enthusiastic about the discipline, I knew that archaeology was the degree program for me.

The second was an opportunity to conduct fieldwork in 1992 under the supervision of Dr. James A. Tuck. I couldn’t have asked for a better mentor and friend. Jim taught me almost everything I know about archaeological excavation. Once I got my ‘hands dirty’ in 1992, I never looked back.


Did you participate in a study abroad program?

I studied for a semester at MUN’s Harlow campus in Essex, England. It was a life-changing experience. Learning about Medieval cathedrals and Neolithic monuments in textbooks doesn’t compare to actually seeing them in real life. While at Harlow I was fortunate to learn under Dr. Gerald Pocius, another very important and positive influence in my academic career.

What advice do you have for undergraduate students?

Class attendance is very, very important! Getting lecture notes from another student or through D2L is okay if you are ill, but if you want to learn and be inspired then come to class.   


Make sure that you are preparing for your future but do it in a way that you get to study things that genuinely interest you.

by Sophie St. Croix - BA ’09, Classics (Memorial), Juris Doctor 2013, Schulich School of Law (Dalhousie), currently an associate at Roebothan McKay Marshall (St. John's)