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)
ANTH 202 - Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 210 - Social and Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 225 - Physical Anthropology
ANTH 410 - Anthropological Theory
ANTH 415 - Anthropological Writing
Anthropology Elective - Cultural
Anthropology Elective - Archaeology
Anthropology Elective - Biological
Anthropology Elective - Other
Any 200-400 Level Anthropology course, at least one must be upper level (300-400).
ENGL 104 - Composition and Rhetoric
Literature Requirement (1 of 2)
Literature Requirement (2 of 2)
Political Science requirements
POLS 206 - American National Government
Political Science requirements
POLS 207 - State and Local Government
American History requirement
Any U.S. History course, but no more than 3 hours in Texas history
Beginning in 2012-13 academic year, there will be two minor changes to the B.A. in Anthropology degree:
Rather than the strict requirement to complete ANTH 410, anthropology majors will have the option of completing EITHER ANTH 410 (Anthropological Theory) OR ANTH 412 (Archaeological Theory).
Rather than the strict requirement to complete ANTH 415 (Anthropological Writing), anthropology majors will have the option of completing ANY TWO writing-intensive courses offered by the Department of Anthropology.
B.A. in Anthropology (with Archaeology Track)
Beginning in 2012-13 academic year, students may opt to complete an “Archaeology Track” as part of their B.A. in Anthropology. The completion of this track will be acknowledged on student transcripts, but not on student diplomas.
These are the requirements for students completing the new archaeology track: 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.
Anthropology Honors Program
The Anthropology Honors Program provides academically motivated students the opportunity to gain advanced instruction in the field of Anthropology and be directly involved in research. The program is designed to expose students to a broader and more in-depth coverage of anthropological theory, methods, and praxis, and to enhance their ability to find employment and/or gain admission to a graduate program upon graduation. To this end, students are required to take part in at least two high-impact activities to successfully complete the Anthropology Honors Program.
There are a number of benefits to enrolling in an honors program at Texas A&M University. Honors students are eligible to enroll in honors-designated courses, which place greater focus on small, discussion-based classes, one-on-one instruction, and independent research. Students can also earn honors credit by taking graduate courses or establishing honors course contracts. Honors students also enjoy priority registration and specialized counseling.
Students can receive honors distinction on multiple levels, and completion of Anthropology Honors also satisfies the majority of requirements for University Honors and Liberal Arts Honors. However, students must apply to each program individually.
In recognition of completing the Anthropology Honors Program, students will receive a certificate, and the Anthropology Honors designation will be indicated on their official transcript.