Department of Anthropology

Main Office
Chilton Hall, 330
P.O. Box 310409
Denton, TX 76203-0409
(940) 565-2290
Web site:

Tyson Gibbs, Chair

Graduate Faculty: Gibbs, Hartman, D. Henry, L. Henry, Jordan, Naylor, Nuñez-Jones, Re Cruz, Wasson.

The Department of Anthropology offers a graduate program leading to the following degrees:

In cooperation with the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, students may also earn a dual degree in public health with a specialty in health services research.

The master's degree in applied anthropology is grounded in the theory and methods of anthropology, and is designed primarily to prepare students for employment outside academia. Students will be prepared to apply anthropological knowledge in private and public sectors, foundations, and businesses in local, regional, and international areas. Knowledge is to be applied to our most compelling social problems and to the operation and administration of agencies charged with addressing these problems. The central goal of our program in applied anthropology is to provide the knowledge necessary for its graduates to undertake informed and thoughtful action as street-level practitioners, administrators, agency-based researchers and program evaluators.


Faculty have expertise in migration, border studies, Latin America especially Mexico, race and ethnicity, technology and cyberspace, organizational anthropology, globalization, marketing, consumer behavior, product design, medical anthropology, sociocultural impact analysis, directed change and development, urban centers, sustainable communities, and bilingual education.

Recent research focuses on leadership and organizational culture in self-managed work teams, African American health-seeking behavior, colonias on the boarder, Hispanic migrant women in North Texas, volunteer teaching of English in Hispanic communities, integration of Mexican migrants into public policy and urban planning, outreach and educational attainment of Latinos, bilingual education and identity, Mvskoke (Creek) Indian Medicine, virtual communication and collaboration in the workplace, Internet chat-room liaisons and the spread of HIV, violence and refugees, culture change and the reconstruction of indigenous healing systems, the acculturation of allied health students to biomedicine, and physician assistants and rural healthcare.

Applied Cultural Anthropology Research Center

The department houses the Applied Cultural Anthropology Research Center which brings together specialists from a broad spectrum of the university community to work interactively with representatives of government, industry, education, the medical community, and the private sector in Texas and surrounding areas to provide cultural sensitivity training through individual consultation and instructional seminars and to conduct research with companies, schools and service organizations to facilitate problem solving through cultural understanding.

Resource Council for New Americans

The department also houses the Resource Council for New Americans, which helps immigrants, refugees and ethnic minorities by providing cultural experts, mediators, translators, legal liaisons and relevant data in order to resolve crises, conflicts, and cross-cultural misunderstandings within our wider North Texas communities.

Degree Program Master of Arts or Master of Science with a Major in Applied Anthropology

Admission Requirements

1. The applicant must apply for and be granted admission to the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies and also apply separately to and be accepted by the applied anthropology program.

2. An acceptable score on an entrance exam (GRE, LSAT or GMAT) is required of all applicants. This score must be submitted before final approval of an application can be given.

3. The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U. S. institution or equivalent training at a foreign university.

4. Applicants must have adequate subject preparation in anthropology. If the applicant is accepted into the program without a bachelor's degree in anthropology, the applicant must take a prerequisite leveling course during the first semester, ANTH 5200. This class is offered only in the spring semester.

5. Applicants must have a 2.8 overall grade-point average or 3.0 on the last 60 hours; or 3.4 for previous master's degree.

6. Applicants must submit a statement of purpose and three letters of reference from persons familiar with their academic record. Exceptions will be made under guidelines established by the faculty.

Program Requirements

For the Master of Arts degree, students fulfill the 36 hours of degree requirements and demonstrate knowledge of a foreign language.

For the Master of Science degree, students fulfill the 36 hours of degree requirements including a course in an additional skill appropriate to their specialty.

The School of Public Health at the University of North Texas Health Science Center and the Department of Anthropology at the University of North Texas have developed a cooperative agreement that allows students to pursue the Master of Public Health and the Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology. Students may count their approved concentration courses in public health as part of their major and minor areas in anthropology.

The Master of Applied Anthropology program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 hours of study and research beyond the bachelor's degree.

Core Courses, 15 hours*

*Candidates who do not have a bachelor's degree in anthropology must take an additional core course (ANTH 5200, Seminar in Sociocultural Anthropology). As a result, these candidates need 18 hours of core courses and 12 hours of electives courses to fulfill the requirements.

Elective Courses, 15 hours*

A minimum of 6 of which must be from outside anthropology. The student's graduate committee must approve the course work. Electives courses in anthropology are:

Note: During some semesters, undergraduate courses are cross-listed as graduate courses, which provide graduate students with a greater selection of elective courses.

Practicum, 6 hours

All candidates must take 6 hours of supervised practicum and seminar in lieu of thesis:


Each semester the department is able to provide a limited number of teaching assistant/grader positions for graduate students. If interested, the student should fill out an application and turn it in to the department before the beginning of the new semester. The Department of Anthropology has a limited number of scholarships of $1,000 each. The graduate committee will decide on scholarship nominees based on first year status and academic achievement; the faculty will then vote. Students must take a minimum of 9 hours.

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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