2020 Undergraduate Courses

Archaeology and Ancient History Major | 2020

The Archaeology and Ancient History major at UOW offers you the opportunity to combine two distinct, but overlapping disciplines that will transform your understanding and perceptions of the past. The Archaeology and Ancient History major is a new major jointly offered by the School of Humanities and Social Inquiry and the Centre for Archaeological Science. 

In 2003, UOW researchers uncovered evidence of a previously unknown Hominin species (nicknamed the "Hobbit") in a cave on the Indonesian island of Flores. This major is an opportunity to become part of UOW's internationally-recognised research in archaeology and the complex story of human evolution.

Archaeology and Ancient History at UOW will enable you to gain valuable skills and study topics about which both you and our staff are passionate. Graduates from the Archaeology and Ancient History major may gain employment in heritage management, museums, in archaeological research and as teachers.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the UOW Course Finder.

Major Learning Outcomes 

On successful completion of this major students will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Demonstrate a broad and coherent knowledge and understanding of the underlying concepts, theories and methods by which primary data are obtained, analysed and interpreted in Ancient History and Archaeology
2 Critically evaluate the ancient history and archaeology of a number of different geographical regions and chronological phases
3 Explain research principles and methods relevant to business contexts.
4 Discuss contemporary debates concerning the study and understanding of the past, including indigenous perspectives and ethical issues relevant to preservation.
5 Locate, synthesise and evaluate data, information, results and literature pertaining to Ancient History and Archaeology, using appropriate methods, measurements, tools and technologies
6 Apply suitable scientific field and laboratory methods and theoretical concepts to questions and problems in the study of Ancient History and Archaeology
7 Communicate perspectives and knowledge of Ancient History and Archaeology to a diverse audience using a range of technologies.

The Archaeology and Ancient History major provides a coherent course of study, allowing students to develop specific skills. Each subject in the major is intended to provide an understanding of a topic, area or theme, which can be developed in subsequent years of study. 

Subjects Required For Major Study

Students studying the Archaeology and Ancient History major will complete at least 48 credit points as outlined below:

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points
Year 1
ARCH102 Big Questions in Archaeology 6
HIST112 Lost Worlds: The 'Big History' of Ancient History 6
Year 2
ARCH202 World Archaeology 6
Plus a minimum of ONE of the following:
HIST262 Ancient History: Rome 6
HIST259 Ancient History: Greece 6
Year 3
ARCH301 Archaeology in Action: Understanding the Archaeological record 6
ARCH302 Digging Down Under: Archaeology of Australasia 6
HIST386 Ancient Texts (Capstone) 6
Plus a minimum of ONE of the following:
ARCH300 Directed Studies in Archaeology 6
ARCH303 Dung, death and decay: modern methods in Archaeology 6
GEOG337 Policy for Environmental and Heritage Management 6

Further recommended electives

These subjects do not count towards the 48 credit points required for the major but may of interest to students in this major as electives in their degree.

INDS130 Indigenous Knowledge in Global Contexts 6
INDS150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 6
CAVA123 Australian Aboriginal Arts 6
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6
EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6
HIST200 Oceans of History: Exploring the Pacific 6
HIST281 Hands-On History 6
INDS205 Indigenous Peoples and the Environment 6
INDS208 Working with Indigenous Communities 6
ARCH300 Directed Studies in Archaeology 6
GEOG337 Policy for Environmental and Heritage Management 6

Click on subject codes in the above table for information on sessions of offer for each subject.To find out specific information on timetables, tutorials, and classes, visit the Timetable page.

Minor Study

Students completing the Archaeology and Ancient History Major may be interested in the following 24 credit point minors:

Note that only one subject may be cross counted across your degree. If you are interested in any of the above minors, you should plan your study to ensure you are choose different subject options to your major core above.


See Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Work Integrated Learning

Undertaking a work integrated learning experience during your university education is now a significant contributor to being competitive in securing employment in your field of choice when you graduate from UOW.

The internship program provides students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in their degree in a workplace setting.

Students are also encouraged to consider CRLP200 'Career Ready Learning and Practice' (6cp). CRLP200 includes a quality assured workplace internship or industry project to give you that competitive edge by developing your professional skills through authentic learning in a real world context. You will focus on your career goals and receive career direction guidance, strengthen your resume and gain skills to navigate the rapidly changing world of work, develop your communication skills and begin to build a professional network.

Other Information

For further information email: askuow@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 23 July, 2020