Opportunities and Activities
The Department of Social Sciences offers undergraduate students diverse opportunities for real-world archaeological fieldwork and research, international experience, and professional development.
Summer Fieldwork Course
Join social sciences faculty and graduate students in a local archaeological survey project. Currently, we are studying the ruins of the historic Cliff Mine, the first profitable copper mine in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Michigan, and documenting the surrounding mining settlement of Clifton. The focus of this ongoing research project is to thoroughly document the Cliff Mine site, with the goal of reconstructing the evolution of the industrial process during the mine’s heyday (1845–70).
In addition to fieldwork, course activities will include field trips, lectures, and discussions devoted to the history and technology of early copper mining in the Keweenaw and the communities and landscapes it produced. Participants become public archaeologists; students will have the opportunity to interact with site visitors, providing tours of the Cliff Mine and Clifton and educating the public in the region’s copper-mining history.
If you are ready to take your education abroad, consider the Study Abroad program. Study abroad typically varies from one semester to one year in length. The benefits of international study and travel include intercultural awareness, sensitivity, and communication skills, as well as exposure to different geographic regions, perspectives, and cultures of the world.
Frontiers and Fortresses is a four-week Michigan Tech Study Abroad summer program hosted by the University of Cumbria. The students and staff will explore Cumbria and Northern England and Southern Scotland through a mix of course options, including archaeology, music, history, film and anthropology. A mix of course work, field trips, and site visits comprise the program. Learn more about this unique opportunity.