Graduate Program

The Department of Archaeology offers MA and PhD programs. Normally, students must have completed a thesis MA in order to be admitted to a PhD programme at SFU. Students who have an exceptional record of publication may be admitted to the PhD programme without a thesis MA.

Within the Department the Graduate Programme is supervised by the Graduate Program Committee (GPC), which consists of all available faculty, the Graduate Secretary, and a Graduate Student Representative. It is chaired by the Graduate Program Chair. Most of the work of this committee is delegated to a subcommittee called the Graduate Executive Committee (GEC), consisting of the Graduate Program Chair, two faculty members, the Graduate Secretary, and the Graduate Student Representative. The GEC deals with the day-to-day running of the Graduate Program. The full committee (GPC) only meets when program changes are proposed, when graduate applications are being considered, and to conduct Annual Progress Reviews. The Graduate Student Representative is elected by the Graduate Caucus to sit on both the GPC and the GEC.

Areas of Study

The department offers specialization in archaeometry, art, ceramic analysis, cultural resource management, ethnoarchaeology, forensic anthropology, geoarchaeology, historical archaeology, lithic analysis, palaeoanthropology, palaeoethnobotany, skeletal biology and zooarchaeology.

The student gains a comprehensive understanding of the discipline and strives to acquire a general knowledge of world prehistory, physical anthropology, and archaeological theory and method, in addition to gaining knowledge and expertise in particular areas of research interest. Depending on enrollments, individual or group courses can be arranged in addition to regularly scheduled courses.