CAP Summer Field School

2017 Field School FlyerThe Campus Archaeology Program and the MSU Department of Anthropology routinely offer a five-week archaeological field school on the Campus of Michigan State University. Space is limited. The next field school will take place this summer (May 30th – June 30th 2017), more details will be available here soon. Download the 2017 Field School Flyer.

Application deadline extended to Friday March 17th!


In this course, students actively participate in archaeological research, while learning excavation techniques through hands-on experience, combined with lecture, archaeological laboratory instruction, survey methods, cultural heritage development, public archaeology, and an introduction to archival research.

The MSU Department of Anthropology and the MSU Campus Archaeology Program are offering a 5-week archaeological field school investigating the lives of MSU’s earliest students, faculty, and staff. The course will examine numerous spaces on MSU’s historic campus, including areas associated with College Hall, MSU’s first building.

Students will participate in the survey, identification, and investigation of sites on Michiagn State’s historic campus. Students will also gain experience working in Cultural Resource Management situations, as they will participate in the day-to-day operations of the Campus Archaeology Program’s ongoing relationship with MSU Physical Plant.

During the course of excavations, students will take part in the interpretation of the early years of Michigan Agricultural College, and demonstrate the archaeological process to the public. In doing so, they will learn about the cultural heritage of their own University.

Course Requirements

Students will receive 6 credits from the MSU Department of Anthropology upon successful completion of the course. Students are expected to attend class Monday-Friday, from 9 am – 4 pm. Archaeological excavations are physically strenuous; students must be in good health.


Dr. Lynne Goldstein, Director of the Campus Archaeology Program and Professor of Anthropology

Costs and Application Process

The official application can be download here: Field School Application 2017.

In addition to regular tuition costs, students must pay a $150 registration fee for equipment and supplies.  Applications should be turned in to Lynne Goldstein at the Department of Anthropology, 355 Baker Hall, or via email to

Students will be admitted based on the material in their application.

Scholarship Opportunities

The cost of a Field School can be expensive. Below are links to a scholarship opportunities for undergraduate students:

Archaeological Institute for America: Jane C. Waldbaum Field School Scholarship

Society for American Archaeology: Historically Underrepresented Groups Scholarship (HUGS)