Learn more about the archaeology program at Rollins College.


Combine your passion for anthropology and art history by studying human societies from great antiquity to the present. This interdisciplinary minor gives you a multicultural perspective on prehistoric, classical, and historical archaeology, with courses taught by faculty members of the expressive arts, humanities, and social sciences.

If you plan on pursuing graduate studies in archaeology, you can combine this minor with a major in anthropology or classical studies.

Minor Requirements

Visit the Rollins catalogue to access the program requirements

What You Will Learn

Archaeology Mission
Physical objects influence our thoughts, actions, and social relationships. Yet, too often we fail to recognize the impact of material culture on our lived reality and those of past societies. Archaeology involves a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the human past through the study of the material vestiges of life that endure to the present. The Archaeology Program produces practitioners of scientific and humanistic archaeology by engaging students in experiences and training pertaining to the study of past cultures. The Archaeology Minor nurtures reflexive and engaged mindsets.

Global Citizenship
The curriculum of the Archaeology minor engages students in both Western and Non-Western cultural traditions.  As a result, you will develop an understanding and appreciation of human diversity across space and time, and of the impact of the past on living communities. Beyond the classroom, Archaeology students regularly engage in field studies, independent research projects, and study abroad as part of their curriculum.
Responsible Leaders
Throughout your course of study, you will become responsible leaders by exploring ethical issues related to heritage management, ownership and repatriation of archaeological resources, and the concerns of descendant communities.  You will further engage in contemporary public policy debates in the classroom, preparing you to be an informed advocate on cultural heritage issues, and apply your knowledge by actively investigating and caring for artifact collections from Rollins’ own archaeological site at Shell Island.  
Productive Careers
Courses at the advanced level often include a digital component whereby you will learn and apply technical skills such as GIS mapping, laboratory analyses, photogrammetry, 3-d design, and more. You will also participate in ongoing archaeological excavations and survey projects.  Coupled with the skills you will gain in analytical thinking, problem-solving, information literacy, and written and oral communication, our advanced courses will help prepare you for the professional world.

Our course of study produces well-rounded thinkers and superb writers with the ability to thrive both within and outside the world of professional Archaeology.

Meaningful Lives
Although explicitly focused on the past, archaeology is ultimately about better understanding our present and looking toward the future.  In our program, you will learn how archaeologists can make a meaningful difference in the contemporary world and simultaneously enrich their own lives by broadening notions of human diversity, providing a long-term perspective on contemporary social and environmental problems, and illuminating the forgotten or neglected stories of people poorly represented in conventional historical accounts.  


Dr. Zack Gilmore
Assistant Professor 
Department of Anthropology 
Cornell Social Sciences Building – Room 112 
1000 Holt Ave. – 2761 
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.691.1314

Dr. Robert Vander Poppen, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Art History
Coordinator, Archaeology Program
CFAC 121A 1000 Holt Ave. -2774
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2602