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Art & Archaeology, Archaeology Concentration (B.A.)

  • Major
  • Minor

About this Program

Much of our teaching takes place away from campus—in museums and galleries, at nearby archaeological sites nearby and during international trips.

Program Overview

Hood is unique among small colleges in offering a concentration in archaeology. Archaeology students examine the art, artifacts and cultures of the ancient world, as well as the contemporary theories and field methods of working archaeologists.

One requirement of the archaeology concentration is a hands-on experience, either in the field on an archaeological project, or in a museum or archaeology lab as a student intern.

Hood students have participated in archaeological excavations in Europe, Asia, Central America and the United States. They have the opportunity to excavate active sites alongside Hood's own archaeology professors, or with other accredited and approved projects; Hood supports a number of these opportunities with research funding.

The Archaeology Minor

Students majoring in a number of fields, including history, literature, foreign languages, philosophy, religious studies or the sciences, may wish to minor in archaeology, as it can complement the major and introduce new areas of specialty. The minor is interdisciplinary, requiring coursework in archaeological methods, regional studies, ancient history and literature.

Degrees Offered

  • BA
  • Minor

Department Offering

Program Contact

Professor of Art & Archaeology


Visiting Assistant Professor of Art & Archaeology


Our faculty...

are experienced artists, art historians and archaeologists, with varied backgrounds.

All Faculty

David Hixson

  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Art and Archaeology
Jennifer Ross

Jennifer C. Ross

  • Professor of Art and Archaeology
  • Chair, Department of Art & Archaeology


Halfway Cemetery

Neither Gone Nor Forgotten

Reclaiming and Restoring a Historic African American Cemetery Faculty Undergraduate Student

After being razed, Halfway Cemetery was neglected for decades. Today, Hood faculty, students and community volunteers are tackling identification and cleanup of this lost African American burial ground near Hagerstown, Maryland. We talked with David Hixson, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of art and archaeology, and James Locke ’23, president of Hood’s student archaeology club about their efforts.

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