Anthropology - BA, Archaeology Track

Students who elect to pursue the archaeology track take the foundation courses but also have the opportunity to take multiple upper-level courses which focus on specific topics in archaeology. In addition, majors receive a broad yet rigorous liberal arts education.

The curriculum leading to a degree in anthropology provides students with the background necessary to pursue graduate studies in anthropology, but is well-rounded and flexible enough to allow students to pursue graduate studies in other disciplines. Employment opportunities include careers in: teaching and research in college, university, museum and foundation settings; administration and research in local, state and federal governments (such as the National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, National Institute of Health and others); non-governmental organizations and non-profit organizations; foreign service with government agencies (such as the Agency for International Development, United Nations organizations and others); private archaeological research institutions; secondary schools that are adding anthropology to their curricula; and nontraditional opportunities emerging in business and management. Anthropology offers diverse career opportunities and is an expanding and dynamic field that is relevant to many fields of study.

Anthropology Archaeology Track Requirements 1
ANTH 202Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 210Social and Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 225
ANTH 226
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
and Introduction to Biological Anthropology Laboratory
ANTH 316Nautical Archaeology3
ANTH 412Archaeological Theory3
ANTH 330Field Research in Anthropology3
or ANTH 485   or Directed Studies 
or ANTH 491   or Research 
Archaeology elective (300 or 400 level)9
Anthropology elective (300 or 400 level) can include archaeology3
Department Requirement
STAT 302Statistical Methods3
or STAT 303   or Statistical Methods 
College and University Requirements
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
Select one of the following:3
Writing about Literature
Technical and Business Writing
Public Speaking
Communication for Technical Professions
Argumentation and Debate
Literature in English6
Foreign language14
Mathematics 26
Life and physical sciences 39
Language, philosophy and culture 43
Creative arts 43
Social and behavioral sciences 46
POLS 206
POLS 207
American National Government
and State and Local Government
American history6
International and cultural diversity 5
Total Semester Credit Hours120

31 hours required; 12 hours must be in residence; 12 hours must be in upper-division courses. A grade of C or higher is required for a course to count in the major.


3 hours may be in logic.


ANTH 225 and ANTH 226 are excluded.


No anthropology course will satisfy this requirement.


Courses may also be used to satisfy any other requirement.

Writing Courses

All students in each track are required to take two courses with the writing attribute, also known as “W-courses”, from the department. Substitutions with W-courses from other departments are not allowed. Please see the academic advisor for the most current list of Anthropology W-courses.

Minor Requirements

All anthropology majors may select a minor field of study from departments or divisions within or outside the College of Liberal Arts or in a particular area of interest (as with interdisciplinary minors or career opportunity minors). The minor will consist of 15-18 hours or coursework, at least 6 of which must be at the upper-division level. A grade of C or higher is required if a course is to count in the minor. A minor must be declared before the student has completed 75 credit hours. Interdisciplinary minors such as women's and gender studies, classical studies, and religious studies have specific requirements; students should consult the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts for details.

College and University Requirements

Other courses may qualify for this category. Students should consult the approved lists of courses available through the academic advisor in the Department of Anthropology or in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts. The following list incorporates University Core Curriculum requirements. No course can be counted in more than one category. To promote the opportunity for anthropology majors to acquire a broad educational experience, anthropology students must satisfy their University requirements for language, philosophy and culture, social and behavioral sciences, and the sciences with courses other than those offered by anthropology.

Students must complete a minimum of 36 hours of 300- or 400-level coursework at Texas A&M University.