Institute of Anthropology

Main Office

Chilton Hall, 308

P.O. Box 310409

Denton, TX 76203-0409

(940) 565-2290

Fax: (940) 369-7833

Tyson Gibbs, Chair


Professor Naylor. Associate Professors Gibbs, Hartman, Jordan, ReCruz. Assistant Professor Haritgan, Pérez.


The Institute of Anthropology coordinates and directs a program for those who wish to pursue a career in the discipline of anthropology, for those simply interested in the human condition and for those who may wish to combine the study of anthropology with another discipline.

Courses in anthropology are grouped to provide students with an understanding of human physical, social and cultural complexity, and the relationships of humans to one another and the environment. Physical anthropology provides an understanding of human origins and human biological variability. Anthropological linguistics adds to the understanding of language and other forms of human communication within the context of culture. Archaeology provides a sense of the past by exploring the changes and development of ancient cultures and environments. Sociocultural anthropology provides appreciation and understanding of human social and cultural patterns and human behavior.

Programs of Study

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Anthropology Degree Requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts with a major in anthropology must meet the following requirements.

1. Hours for the Degree: Completion of a minimum of 124 total semester hours; 42 hours must be advanced. Completion in residence of at least 31 semester hours, including 24 of the last 30 hours.

2. General University Requirements: See "General Degree Requirements " in the Academics section of this catalog.

3. Major Requirements: Major of 36 hours in anthropology, including ANTH 1010, 2250, 2500, 2700, 3100 and 4250. Of the remaining 18 elective hours, 15 must be taken at the upper-division level (3000 or 4000) and with a minimum of 6 hours from the 4000 level. A maximum of 6 hours of field-school and a maximum of 3 hours of ANTH 4920 may be applied toward satisfying the 36-hour requirement. In addition to the 36 hours of anthropology, candidates must take 3 hours from each of the following three areas.

4. Minor: No minor is required.

5. Electives: See individual major.

6. Other Course Requirements:

Major in Anthropology

Following is one suggested four-year degree plan. Students are encouraged to see their adviser each semester for help with program decisions and enrollment. Students are responsible for meeting all course prerequisites.

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Summary of Degree Requirements:

Anthropology Major (21 hours advanced): 36


English 6

Mathematics 3

Natural Sciences 8

Visual and Performing Arts 3

Humanities 3

U.S. History 6

Political Science 6

Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Wellness 3

Communication 3

Cross-cultural, Diversity and Global Studies 3

Anthropology: 36

General Anthropology 3

Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology 3

Introduction to Archaeology 3

Introduction to Physical Anthropology 4

Peoples and Cultures 3

Development of Anthropological Thought 3

Additional Anthropology courses (15 hours advanced) 18

Statistics 3

Geography/History 3


42 hours must be advanced; 24 of the 42 hours must be taken at UNT;

24 of the last 30 hours must be completed at UNT;

12 hours of free electives must be advanced.

In addition to those cited above, anthropology courses include the following:

Major in Social Science

Students may use anthropology in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in social science that requires completion of at least 48 semester hours in social sciences, including 18 hours in anthropology and 30 hours in at least two other social science disciplines; 24 hours of the above must be taken from upper-division levels (3000 or 4000). See "Interdisciplinary Majors" in the College of Arts and Sciences section of this catalog for an example of courses distributed over four years.

Minor in Anthropology

A minor requires completion of 18 hours in anthropology, including ANTH 1010, one introductory (2000-level) course, and 6 hours from the upper-division level (3000 or 4000).

Courses of Instruction

All Courses of Instruction are located in one section at the back of this catalog.

Course and Subject Guide

The "Course and Subject Guide," found in the Courses of Instruction section of this book, serves as a table of contents and provides quick access to subject areas and prefixes.

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