Archaeological field schools are where students learn how to become, or at least gain a sense of what it is like to be, an archaeologist. It is a summer rite of passage for thousands of students worldwide who come together as research teams to work on real archaeological projects. Some student "graduates" of the WCU Archaeological Field School have gone on to do graduate work in anthropology in both the United States and abroad. Other students have gone on to careers in cultural resources management (CRM), historic preservation, or museum work. Others yet, have gone in different directions, yet have nonetheless been enriched by the experience by having developed a profound and lasting connection to, and sincere respect for, the past.
The Archaeological Field School is offered most summers and consists of 120 hours. Students participate in on-going research into the cultural and environmental history of southeastern Pennsylvania.