Anthropology Major Requirements | Department of Anthropology

Anthropology Major Requirements

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 2023 Catalog Year

Required Anthropology Courses (15 hours)

  • ANTH 1010-Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANTH 2300-Culture and Society
  • ANTH 4000- Applied Anthropology
  • ANTH 4011-Anthropological Field Methods
  • ANTH 4021-Development of Anthropological Thought

Elective Anthropology Courses (24 hours)

  • 6 hours must be taken from ANTH 3*** level classes
  • 6 hours must be taken from ANTH 4*** level classes
  • 6 hours must be taken from ANTH 3*** OR ANTH 4*** level classes
  • 6 hours must be taken from any ANTH **** level classes

*ARCH 2800 counts towards the any level ANTH **** elective requirement for the Anthropology Major.

Click here for a list of "Double-Dip" Electives.

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.


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. The department offers various academic certificates that serve to highlight a specialized focus in your coursework. These include customizing your elective options towards issues in Social Justice Studies, Urban Studies, and Applied Anthropology. Students interested in pursuing acceptance into our Master's Degree Program in Applied Anthropology should consider tailoring their coursework towards the latter. Please make an appointment with our undergraduate faculty advisor, Professor Nelson, to discuss course options that focus on your interests. 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.

A Note on Physical/Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology:

The curriculum of the Anthropology degree plan does not support preparation for a future in physical/forensic anthropology nor archaeology. Students interested in pursuing forensic science are advised to touch base with UNT's Forensics Program which is housed in the College of Biological Sciences and requires that students major in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Biology. The Department of Anthropology is not affiliated with this program.

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.

Foreign Language Placement and Proficiency Information

Spanish Placement Testing

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.

2023+ Anthropology Degree Plan Worksheet

2021/2022 Anthropology Degree Plan Worksheet

2020 Anthropology Degree Plan Worksheet

2019 Anthropology Degree Plan Worksheet

2018 Anthropology Degree Plan Worksheet