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 2020 Catalog Year
Required Anthropology Courses (21 hours)
ANTH 2300-Culture and Society
ANTH 2700-Introduction to Physical Anthropology
ARCH 2800-Archaeological Science
ANTH 3100-3900 Two "Geographic Area Studies" classes
ANTH 4011-Anthropological Field Methods
ANTH 4021-Development of Anthropological Thought
Elective Anthropology Courses (15 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 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
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.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR ANTHROPOLOGY TRACK
The Department of Anthropology at the University of North Texas is committed to guiding our students in making the most out of their Anthropology Major. Please make an appointment with undergraduate advisor, Professor Melissa Nelson, to discuss course options that focus on your interests, particularly if they center on environmental or medical/health related topics. Junior and Senior majors are also encouraged to reach out to learn about credit opportunities for deeper engagement such as avenues for undergraduate research, internship experiences, and directed study courses. Students interested in continuing with us to pursue a Master's Degree in Applied Anthropology should also consider tailoring their elective requirements towards an Applied Anthropology Certificate.
If you are interested in pursuing a career in physical/forensic anthropology, archaeological anthropology, or linguistic anthropology please make an appointment with Professor Nelson prior to declaring Anthropology as your major.
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.
Note: In response to COVID-19, placement and proficiency exams are being conducted remotely. Please refer to the following links for additional information on how to schedule an exam.
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.