Anthropology - BA

Anthropology majors pursuing the general anthropology track receive foundations in the archaeology, biological anthropology and cultural anthropology subfields of anthropology as well as options to pursue upper-level courses in each of the subfields.

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human in the broadest sense, through an examination of culture and society (sociocultural and linguistic anthropology), the biology and evolution of humans and our closest relatives (biological anthropology) and the study of past human communities and material culture (archaeology).  Students develop an appreciation of the value of physical and cultural differences at the local, national and global levels, and learn critical thinking skills that support them in careers that involve working with individuals of diverse national or ethnic backgrounds. 

The aim of the anthropology major is to provide a background in behavioral studies for students who desire a broad education in either the biological or the social sciences.  Anthropology majors can obtain research experience in science and the humanities through ethnographic or biological research, or archaeology field schools.  Most undergraduates in Anthropology at TAMU select this major because of the opportunity it affords them to acquire a sound liberal education.  

The curriculum is ideal for students who want to pursue professional careers or graduate study in anthropology and archaeology. However, students will also find the curriculum fully suitable to prepare them for employment opportunities or careers in:  secondary or higher education; medicine; law; museum and foundation settings; the local, state and federal government (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; and nontraditional opportunities emerging in business and management.

Anthropology General 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 410Anthropological Theory3
or ANTH 412   or Archaeological Theory 
Archaeological anthropology course3
Biological anthropology course3
Cultural anthropology course3
Anthropology electives9
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

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

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 should be declared before the student has completed 90 credit hours.

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.