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B.A. in Anthropology

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 & 226 – Physical Anthropology
3 Anthropology Core ANTH 410 or 412 – Anthropological Theory or Archaeological Theory
3 Anthropology Elective – Cultural ANTH 300 – Cultural Change And Development
ANTH 301 – Indians Of North America
ANTH 306 – Indians Of Texas
ANTH 314 – Agrarian Peasant Societies
ANTH 315 – Peoples And Cultures Of Africa
ANTH 319 – Indians Of Mexico And Central America
ANTH 324 – Music In World Cultures
ANTH 325 – Texas Cultural History
ANTH 335 – Cultures Of Central Asia
ANTH 340 – Folklore And The Supernatural
ANTH 403 – Anthropology Of Religion
ANTH 404 – Women And Culture
ANTH 424 – Human Evolutionary Theory
ANTH 430 – Applied Anthropology
ANTH 485 – Directed Studies
ANTH 489 – Special Topics
3 Anthropology Elective – Archaeology ANTH 302 – Archaeology Of North America
ANTH 303 – Archaeology Of The American Southwest
ANTH 308 – Archaeology Of Mesoamerica
ANTH 313 – Historical Archaeology
ANTH 316 – Nautical Archaeology
ANTH 317 – Into To Biblical Archaeology
ANTH 318 – Nautical Archaeology Of The Americas
ANTH 330 – Field Research In Anthropology
ANTH 350 – Archaeology Of The Old World
ANTH 351 – Classical Archaeology
ANTH 353 – Archaeology Of Ancient Greece
ANTH 354 – Archaeology Of Ancient Italy
ANTH 401 – Ice Age Humans In North America
ANTH 446 – Ceramic Artifact Analysis
ANTH 447 – Lithic Artifact Analysis
ANTH 454 – Archaeological Photography
ANTH 485 – Directed Studies
ANTH 489 – Special Topics
3 Anthropology Elective – Biological ANTH 312 – Fossil Evidence Of Human Evolution
ANTH 405 – Introduction To The Primates
ANTH 423 – Bioarchaeology
ANTH 424 – Human Evolutionary Ecology
ANTH 425 – Human Osteology
ANTH 426 – Anthropology Of Food & Nutrition
ANTH 427 – Human Variation
ANTH 485 – Directed Studies
ANTH 489 – Special Topics
9 Anthropology Elective – Other Any 200-400 Level Anthropology course, at least one must be upper level (300-400).
3 Other requirements STAT 302 – Statistical Methods
STAT 303 – Statistical Methods
University Requirements
3 English requirements ENGL 104 – Composition and Rhetoric
3 Communication Requirement  See for a list of acceptable courses
3 Literature Requirement (1 of 2) ENGL 212 – Shakespeare
ENGL 221 – World Literature
ENGL 222 – World Literature
ENGL 227 – American Literature: Colonial To American Renaissance
ENGL 228 – American Literature: Civil War To Present
ENGL 231 – Survey Of English Literature I
ENGL 232 – Survey Of English Literature Ii
See advisor for suitable substitutions
3 Literature Requirement (2 of 2) ENGL 212 – Shakespeare
ENGL 221 – World Literature
ENGL 222 – World Literature
ENGL 227 – American Literature: Colonial To American Renaissance
ENGL 228 – American Literature: Civil War To Present
ENGL 231 – Survey Of English Literature I
ENGL 232 – Survey Of English Literature Ii
See advisor for suitable substitutions
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 French
Language, Philosophy and Culture & Creative Arts
3 Creative Arts  See for a list of acceptable courses
3 Language, Philosophy and Culture  See for a list of acceptable courses
Social and Behavioral Science
6 Social Science requirement  See for a list of acceptable courses
International Culture
6 Shared hours with other requirements, see advisor
Life and Physical Sciences
9 Life and Physical Sciences  See for a list of acceptable courses
Mathematical and Logical Reasoning
3-6 Math requirements  See for a list of acceptable courses
0-3 Logical Reasoning PHIL 240
12 General Electives Any approved A&M course (except ANTH 100-499)
9 Advanced Electives Any approved 300-400 level A&M course (except ANTH 100-499)


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B.A. in Anthropology (with Archaeology Track)

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 university requirements specify that a minimum of 6 hours are at the 300-level or above.

Students interested in pursuing a minor in Anthropology may go to their major advisor to request the minor be added. There is no requirement to visit the Department of Anthropology for approval but if you have questions feel free to contact the Anthropology Department Advisor at to get those answered.

Minor in Museum Studies

As a result of high student interest, the Department of Anthropology is pleased to deliver a new minor in Museum Studies in cooperation with the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Architecture, and the College of Agriculture. The increase of collections, curatorial facilities, and museums ensures this minor is a wise choice for any student with an interest in Anthropology or related fields. This minor will provide students with a foundational understanding of museum studies while giving them professional experience working in a museum. Coursework includes a minimum of 15 hours, including one core course (3 hours), one internship course (3 hours), and three elective courses (9 hours total).

The course work includes:


  • ANTH 421- Museums and Their Functions (CORE)
  • ANTH 484- Internship

Electives (Choose any 3)

  • ANTH 313- Historical Archaeology
  • ANTH 454- Archaeological Photography
  • ANTH 402- Conservation of Archaeological Materials
  • ARCH 446- Foundations in Historical Preservation
  • ARTS 330- The Arts of America
  • ARTS 349- The History of Modern Art
  • PHIL 330- Philosophy of Art
  • RPTS 307- Methods of Environmental Interpretation
  • VIST 465- Art, Culture, and Time Based Media
For descriptions of these courses, please see the course catalogs for their respective departments.
For any further questions or to declare the Museum Studies minor please contact Marco Valadez at

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.


  1. Honors Program in Anthropology
  2. Anthro Honors Application