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Choosing a Program

With many program types and locations available to UCLA Archaeology Field Program participants, we recommend that participants ask four questions before deciding what program is best for them:

1) What type of program best fits my needs?

2) What region of the world is interesting to me?

3) How many credit units will I get and will my university accept them?

4) How will I pay for the program?

1) What type of program best fits my needs?

The UCLA Field Program will offer four types of field experiences during 2010:

Field Archaeology – Designed for students to learn how archaeological data are recovered, collected, documented and preserved in the field. This type of program allows students to participate in primary research alongside leading scholars and partake in well-established archaeological projects.

Ethnoarchaeology – Designed for students interested in understanding the material culture of the past through the study of contemporary object production and use.  Students will interact with both objects and their meaning to living cultures.

Travel Study – Designed for students who are interested in broadly learning about ancient cultures on-location. This type of program integrates lectures, readings, and a wide range of site visits in order to explore the emergence of complex societies in a specific region.

Science and Archaeology – Designed for students interested in analytical studies of archaeological materials. This type of program teaches participants the scientific principles of data acquisition using analytical instruments and the analysis of data generated by these instruments in the field.

2) What region of the world is interesting to me?

One of the important components that will influence your decision is the location of the field program. While the discipline of archaeology has field methodology shared by archaeologists across the globe, regional variations do exist. Furthermore, the cultural histories of a specific region, including the languages spoken or local traditions, may be more attractive to you. Finally, the field projects focus on different levels of social complexity and this may affect your decision. For example, are you interested in imperial strategies of the Inca, chiefly societies in Panama, or contact period indigenous complex societies of British Columbia? Read the program descriptions to identify the region and culture that most intrigues you.

3) How many credit units will I get and will my university accept them?

Each of the UCLA field programs awards 12 UCLA credit units. If you are a University of California (UC) student, program courses are UC-transferable and will automatically transfer to your UC transcript in October (for applying specific credits to your major/minor, please consult your department advisor). Non-UC students should consult with an academic advisor and the Registrar's Office at their home institution. Students may take the program as an undergraduate class (C159) or at the graduate level (C259), which will include the submission of a paper in addition to fieldwork. With the number of credits attained by the completion of a field program, our programs increase your progress to degree in a cost-effective manner while enhancing your worldview. We offer numerous scholarships and financial aid packages and encourage students to explore these options.

4) How will I pay for the program?

The UCLA field programs range in price depending on location, duration, and whether or not you are a UC student. In general, our North America programs are less expensive than international programs.  Program fees do not cover airfare to and from the field.  To assist with financing, the UCLA Archaeology Field Program offers a range of scholarships and financial aid packages.  Most scholarships have no restrictions and non–UC students are eligible to apply.  Visit www.archaeology.ucla.edu for more information.

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