The Department of Archaeology is the only university department in British Columbia dedicated to archaeological research, training, and outreach. Department faculty and facilities support classroom and laboratory instruction in ancient and historical period archaeology, Cultural Resource Management, Museum Studies, Human Evolution, and Physical Anthropology. Considerable emphasis is placed on fieldwork, archaeological research, and theory and methods.

Archaeology offers several programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as a certificates in Cultural Resource Management and Biological Anthropology. Students must meet requirements for the BA degree or certificates as described in the Archaeology section of the SFU Calendar, should take courses in a number of complementary disciplines, and are urged to seek advice from the Academic Advisor and their instructors early in their university careers with regard to the structuring of their individual programs.