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Undergraduate Program in Anthropology

The anthropology program reflects the broad scope of the discipline, including the four areas of cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistics. Well-equipped laboratories support research in archaeology and physical anthropology. The Summer Field School in Archaeology and field trips in Texas and the surrounding region are highlights of the curriculum.

A student majoring in anthropology must complete 35 semester hours in anthropology, which include 14 hours of introductory-level coursework and 12 hours of foundational courses. The introductory courses include ANTH 2100, 2101, 2300, 2301, 2302, and 2315. Students are required to take at least one advanced course in each subdiscipline of the field. These foundational courses include ANTH 3310 or 3311; ANTH 4305; ANTH 3305 or 3300 (if the topic is linguistic in nature); and ANTH 3342, 3343, 3344, 3347, or 3348. The remaining 9 hours are elective courses within the program. Students must complete two writing intensive courses within the discipline. A maximum of 9 hours of transfer credit may be accepted for the major. With prior departmental approval, 3 advanced hours in related disciplines may be counted toward the major. Anthropology majors must make a grade of C or better in each ANTH course. No more than 6 hours of individual studies or field courses may be credited to the major.

A minor in anthropology consists of 18 hours, with at least 6 hours in upper-level courses. No more than 6 hours of transfer credit will be accepted for the minor. Students seeking a minor in anthropology must make a grade of C or better in each ANTH course.

Anthropology courses provide distribution credit in three areas of Arts and Sciences: humanities, natural sciences, and social and behavioral sciences. Courses so indicated give humanities or natural sciences credit; some others give social and behavioral sciences credit. In addition, anthropology courses fulfill a variety of humanities and social science requirements in other colleges of the university. Students in these colleges should check with advisors in their major departments to learn which anthropology courses fulfill their college and Core Curriculum requirements.

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