Thursday, April 24th


Undergraduate Degrees


General Track

A major in anthropology requires 31 hours of anthropology courses. Of this total, 12 hours must be in residence and 12 hours must be in upper division courses. A grade of "C" or higher is required for a course to count in the major. Anthropology majors may select a minor field of study by completing 15-18 hours of courses in another department or program with a grade of "C" or higher. University Core Curriculum requirements must be satisfied with courses other than those offered in anthropology.

This curriculum overview is not to replace the degree plan given in a student's Undergraduate Catalog. Student's are to meet the requirements for the Anthropology curriculum given in their respective catalog in order to earn a BA in Anthropology
Anthropology Department Requirements
Major Field of Study (31 Hours required)
3 Anthropology Core ANTH 202 - Introduction to Archaeology
3 Anthropology Core ANTH 210 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
4 Anthropology Core ANTH 225 - Physical Anthropology
3 Anthropology Core ANTH 410 - Anthropological Theory
3 Anthropology Core ANTH 415 - Anthropological Writing
3 Anthropology Elective - Cultural
3 Anthropology Elective - Archaeology
3 Anthropology Elective - Biological
6 Anthropology Elective - Other Any 200-400 Level Anthropology course, at least one must be upper level (300-400).
3 Other requirements
University Requirements
3 English requirements ENGL 104 - Composition and Rhetoric
3 Communication Requirement
3 Literature Requirement (1 of 2)
3 Literature Requirement (2 of 2)
Political Science
3 Political Science requirements POLS 206 - American National Government
3 Political Science requirements POLS 207 - State and Local Government
American History
6 American History requirement Any U.S. History course, but no more than 3 hours in Texas history
Foreign Language - Choose only one
14 Language requirements
Humanities & Visual and Performing Arts
3-6 Visual and Performing Arts
0-3 Humanities
Social and Behavioral Science
6 Social Science requirement
International Culture
6 Shared hours with other requirements, see advisor
Natural Science
4-8 Tier I Natural Science
4 Tier II Natural Science
Mathematical and Logical Reasoning
3-6 Math requirements MATH 131-467 (except MATH 102,103,150,365,366)
0-3 Logical Reasoning
Physical Education
2 Physical Education requirement KINE 198 and KINE 199
11 General Electives Any approved A&M course (except ENGL 103, 111; ANTH 100-499; CAEN 001-099)
9 Advanced Electives Any approved 300-400 level A&M course (except ENGL 103, 111; ANTH 100-499; CAEN 001-099)

Anthropology majors have the option to:

  1. Complete EITHER ANTH 410 (Anthropological Theory) OR ANTH 412 (Archaeological Theory).
  2. Complete ANY TWO writing-intensive courses offered by the Department of Anthropology.

Archaeology Track

Students may opt to complete an “Archaeology Track” as part of their B.A. in Anthropology instead of the "General Track" described above. The completion of this track will be acknowledged on student transcripts, but not on student diplomas.

Requirements for students completing the "Archaeology Track" are listed below rather than in the drop down menus above:

Core courses in each subfield. Students are required to take lower-level coursework in each of the three subfields: ANTH 202, ANTH 210, and ANTH 225).
One additional core course. Students are required to take one additional core course in nautical archaeology: ANTH 316 – Nautical Archaeology.
Theory course. Students are required to take ANTH 412 – Archaeological Theory. (ANTH 410 is not an option.)
Upper-level electives in archaeology. Students are required to complete 9 hours of upper-level electives in archaeology. There are 23 courses that can be used to meet this requirement (including 6 new courses under review).
Fieldwork or Laboratory Experience in Archaeology. Students are required to have a credit-bearing fieldwork experience, for a minimum of 3 hours of credit. Students may either register for field school course (ANTH 330 – Field Research in Anthropology), or gather data for a research project they complete as a directed studies course (ANTH 485 – Directed Studies). Students who choose the latter option must get instructor’s approval prior to leaving for the field. A final alternative is for a student to develop an independent research project using artifacts and data housed within the department (using either ANTH 485 – Directed Studies or ANTH 491 – Research).
Free elective. Students are required to take one additional course in anthropology (any subfield).

Minor in Anthropology

Minors in Anthropology complete 15 hours of coursework in Anthropology. There are no specific course requirements, but college requirements specify that a minimum of 6 hours are at the 300-level or above.