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Historical Archaeology in the College Classroom: An Interdisciplinary Tool that Promotes Personal and Professional Development

Author(s): Helen C. Blouet

Year: 2016

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            This paper discusses interdisciplinary strategies that help students connect personal and professional interests with archaeological goals and methods.  This approach encourages students to evaluate the past and present using archaeology and other perspectives, including those from the arts and sciences, education, healthcare, and business.  I have developed this approach while teaching at Utica College in Central New York.  A Utica College education combines liberal arts with professional training, and in this framework I practice interdisciplinary teaching through which diverse students combine educational and career interests with historical archaeology to learn more about the past and to achieve their own personal and professional goals.  For example, I offer a final project through which students apply the lenses of their particular major to learn about archaeology and history.  By sharing this and other examples, I will encourage discussions on the roles of archaeology and interdisciplinary studies in higher education and professional development.  


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Historical Archaeology in the College Classroom: An Interdisciplinary Tool that Promotes Personal and Professional Development. Helen C. Blouet. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434753)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America