Archaeoastronomy is the study of astronomical knowledge within prehistoric cultures. It can be a powerful tool in fields like archaeology and anthropology because the visual sky is a resource that has remained essentially the same for centuries. The Graduate Certificate in Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture equips investigators with a specialized understanding of cultural astronomy research skills. To complete the certificate, you must complete 12 hours of required coursework.
Graduate certificates provide an opportunity for a focused program of graduate study in a specified topic. You may complete the certificate program while enrolled in a graduate degree program, or you may be admitted directly to the certificate program. The credit hours you take to complete your graduate certificate may be applied to a graduate degree program.
The Graduate Certificate in Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture provides an applied approach to the study and practice of cultural astronomy. We designed these online and distance-learning courses to meet the needs of those who want to perform research in the field while maintaining a commitment to providing an affordable and enjoyable high-quality education. In addition to our own faculty, we have more than 30 international scholars who have contributed to our curricula—some of whom will serve as guest lecturers!
Four courses (12 credit hours) are required and can be completed 100% online. You may also choose to participate in an elective fieldwork course, where you will practice the proper collection and analysis of astronomical alignments and data onsite.
Students may apply to be admitted to the Graduate College to pursue the certificate program, or they may complete the certificate program while currently enrolled in a graduate degree program.
For students applying for admission to pursue the certificate, the admission requirements and process are the same as for a degree-seeking student; however, students cannot be admitted on conditional status to a certificate program.
The Graduate Certificate Program Report will be completed during the term the last course is being taken.
Credit hours gained during a certificate program are eligible to be applied to a graduate degree at OU. However, in all cases, the specific hours that may be transferred to the graduate degree are subject to the prevailing rules regarding residence credit. Certificate hours completed while a student is enrolled in a graduate degree are not considered to be transfer credit.
Read further information from the Graduate College.
To register for one of the 16-week Archaeoastronomy courses (LSIS 5305 or LSIS 5413), you will need to complete a shortened version of our graduate application:
No transcripts are required. Processing time is two to five days.
Note: Financial aid is only available to degree-seeking students.
Once admitted, the student may enroll in a single OU course.
This graduate certificate offers a program of graduate level coursework in Archaeoastronomy and Astronomy in Culture:
*NOTE: LSIS 5403, LSIS 5423, LSIS 5443, and LSIS 5463 are not offered during the Summer Session. LSIS 5493 Field Work is only offered in the Summer Session. This week-long elective course is held on-site at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico.
The core graduate courses in this certificate are 16 weeks long in spring and fall semesters. LSIS 5493 Field Work in Archaeoastronomy is a one-week elective (optional) course to be offered in the summer on-site at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, USA. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules.
At OU Extended Campus, your cohort won’t look like the traditional college student. Many of our students are balancing family, work, and life responsibilities, and we make it our job to help them every step of the way.