Bachelor of Arts (Major: Archaeology)

School of Arts & Sciences, Fremantle Campus

Archaeology is a dynamic worldwide discipline that draws on both the sciences and the humanities to interpret the physical evidence left by humans and their ancestors around the planet. Practitioners use information from geography, history, mathematics, biology, anthropology, chemistry and sociology to process evidence at sites to form the best interpretation about past human behaviour. Understanding past human behaviour informs our view of modern society and its challenges.

  • Why study this major?

    The Archaeology Major draws on both the sciences and the humanities to interpret the physical evidence left by humans and their ancestors around the planet. You will learn to use information from geography, history, mathematics, biology, anthropology, chemistry and sociology to process evidence at sites to form the best interpretation about past human behaviour.

    Understanding past human behaviour informs our view of modern society and its challenges. The Major provides you with comprehensive training in archaeological methods and theory, filed survey and excavation, as well as Aboriginal and maritime archaeology, with a strong Western Australian and Australian focus.

    Archaeology is available as a Major and Minor in the following programs, including double degree variations:

  • Major summary

    Students must complete 200 units of credit, as follows:

    Students complete these SIX courses:

    • ARCL1020 Introduction to Archaeology
    • ARCL1030 Reading the Past: Interpretation from Archaeology
    • ARCL3010 Maritime Archaeology: Ships and Harbours
    • ARCL3020 The Archaeology of Indigenous Australia
    • ARCL3030 Unearthing the Past: The History and Archaeology of Western Australia
    • ARCL3040 Archaeology Field Methods

    Students complete TWO of these courses:

    • ARCL3008 Archaeology Internship
    • ABOR1000 Aboriginal People OR GEOG1110 Physical Geography
    • HIST2008 The Caesars
    • ENVR2330 Australian Ecology: from Theory to Practice
    • SCIE3290 Geographic Information Systems

    Full details of the program requirements are contained in the Program Regulations.

    Here you can find full details of the courses on offer in 2020 and 2021.

    Please note: The availability of these courses is indicative only and may be subject to change.

  • Study Abroad

    You will have the opportunity to complete part of your degree at one of our partner institutions
    through our exchange program. Get in touch with the Study Abroad Office to find out more about
    studying in Asia, Europe and North America.

  • Real-world experience

    You will learn from academics who are industry leaders and, through our practicum placements and internship programs, you will gain real professional experience and make valuable contacts with potential employers.

  • Entry requirements

    Academic requirements for this program are outlined below.  In addition, to be eligible for admission, all applicants need to satisfy minimum requirements outlined at admission requirements. These include those relating to age and English Language Proficiency.  We also consider your application more broadly – your non-academic achievements (such as any previous leadership roles, volunteering, work, church and/or community involvement) as well as personal qualities - your aspirations and interests and your capacity to complete your chosen program.

    Applicants with recent Secondary Education:

    • Indicative ATAR of 70 with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD)
      OR
    • Minimum International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 24
      OR
    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with a score of 50+ in ATAR English, ATAR Literature or ATAR English as an Additional Language or Dialect (EALD).

    Applicants with Higher Education Study

    • Other university studies completed at undergraduate level or higher, a minimum of 4 successfully completed subjects;
      OR
    • Successful completion of the Notre Dame Tertiary Pathway Program or of another Enabling Program at a level deemed sufficient by the University;

    Applicants who have successfully completed subjects at another University, which are relevant to the selected program of study, may be eligible for Advanced Standing.

    Applicants with Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

    • Completed AQF Certificate IV or higher in a relevant discipline, from an accredited provider such as TAFE or a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

    Applicants with Work and Life Experience

    Applicants who left secondary education more than two years previously and who have not undertaken VET or higher education study since then, but with relevant work and life experience. Such experience may include, but is not limited to:

    • STAT scores of at least 135 in the Multiple Choice section and 140 in the Written English section are required
      OR    
    • Mature-age completion of two Year 12 WACE or HSC exams with a resulting ATAR of 70 or above
      OR
    • Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) or equivalent results if these have been completed within the last 5 years.

    Please note: all applicants must be of school leaving age or older to apply.

  • Fees and costs

    This Program has the following loan scheme(s) available for eligible students:

    FEE-HELP
    The FEE-HELP loan scheme assists eligible fee-paying students with the payment of all, or part, of their tuition fees, not including additional study costs such as accommodation or textbooks. Your FEE-HELP debt will be indexed each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.  Please note, from 1 January 2019, students studying an undergraduate program at the University of Notre Dame will no longer be charged the 25% FEE-HELP loan fee.

    For further information, or for indicative fees for domestic or international students, please visit our Fees page.

  • Honours

    An Honours award is available for this program.  Further information can be found in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) regulations, or by contacting the School of Arts & Sciences.

  • Career opportunities

    Graduates find employment in a range of areas such as heritage advisors for mining companies and government departments, while positions for Archaeologists exist in the Western Australia Museum and Maritime Museum.

    The State Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Federal National Native Title Tribunal recruits those with skills in archaeology for roles determining Native Title claims.

    Specific careers include:

    • Archaeologist
    • Heritage Consultant
    • Museum Curator
    • Native Title Project Officer with Aboriginal corporations, non-government organisations (NGOs), resources companies or government departments.
  • More information

    For more information on the Bachelor of Arts (Major: Archaeology) and related double degree options, please call our Prospective Students Office on +61 8 9433 0533 or email future@nd.edu.au.

    All international enquiries should contact the International Students Office on international@nd.edu.au.

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