Anthropology Major | Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Major

In addition to meeting the general CORE requirements of the University of North Texas (UNT) and those of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS), the following are required to complete a B.A. in Anthropology:

Major Requirements (39 total hours)

Updated for the 2019 Catalog Year

Required Anthropology Courses (18 hours)

ANTH 2300-Culture and Society
ANTH 2700-Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ARCH 2800-Archaeological Science
ANTH 3100-3900 One "Geographic Area Studies" class
ANTH 4011-Anthropological Field Methods
ANTH 4021-Development of Anthropological Thought

Elective Anthropology Courses (18 hours)

6 hours must be taken from ANTH 4*** level classes
6 hours must be taken from advanced level ANTH 3*** OR ANTH 4*** level classes
3 hours must be taken from ANTH 3*** level classes
3 hours may be taken at any level ANTH **** classes

MUET/ARCH 3***/4*** level courses count towards advanced elective credit for the Anthropology Major.

Outside Elective Course (3 hours)

Choose one of the following outside electives:
GEOG 1200-Global Societies
GEOG 2170-Culture, Environment and Society
HIST 1050-World History to the Sixteenth Century
HIST 1060-World History from the Sixteenth Century
PHIL 2600-Ethics in Science
PHIL 3330-Modern Philosophy

Residency Requirement

At least 12 hours of advanced (3***/4***) level credit must be taken at UNT (in-residence) in order to fulfill the ANTH Major. Pending the fulfillment of the Major residency requirement, a student is able to request the department's consideration in substituting credit for courses taken at another institution. In order to request consideration, a student must submit a Credit Substitution Request form to the Undergraduate Advisor, Professor Melissa Nelson, PRIOR to enrolling at another institution.

Click here for a Credit Substitution Request Form.

Customize your Anthropology Track

The Department of Anthropology at the University of North Texas is committed to facilitating a student's path along the various branches of the discipline. If you are interested in pursuing an undergraduate career in physical/forensic anthropology, archaeological anthropology, or focused on environmental, medical, or linguistic issues please make an appointment with undergraduate advisor, Professor Melissa Nelson, to discuss suggested course options. Students interested in continuing with us to pursue a Master's Degree in Applied Anthropology should also consider tailoring their major towards an Applied Anthropology Certificate.

Foreign Language Requirement

Two semesters of a foreign language are required for the anthropology major at the advanced level (2040, 2050). If you have never had foreign language instruction, this realistically will end up being 2 years of language instruction because you will have to take the introductory level courses (1010, 1020) in order to reach the required advanced level classes (2040, 2050). However, if you have had prior foreign language instruction you may be able to place out of one, or all four, required language courses. Placement tests are free of charge; however, students are only able to take the placement exam once during their college career at UNT. Placement tests are offered regularly by the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures. For more information, see the "Placement Testing" section at

Managing Your Degree

The following are unofficial degree plan worksheets, categorized by catalog year. They serve as a visual map to guide you through the requirements for the Anthropology major. Use this worksheet to jot down the courses you have taken in order to see your academic progress. Remember to bring this worksheet along to your advising sessions.

2019-2020 Anthropology Degree Plan Worksheet

2018-2019 Anthropology Degree Plan Worksheet

Thinking about UNT?

It's easy to apply online. Join us and discover why we're the choice of over 38,000 students.

Apply now