Graduate Catalog

2007-08 Academic Year

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: Calamia, Davenport, Gibbs, Hartman, D. Henry, L. Henry, Jordan, Nuñez-Janes, ReCruz, Wasson.

The Department of Anthropology offers both on-campus and online graduate programs 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 community health.

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, race and ethnicity, technology and cyberspace, organizational anthropology, globalization, marketing, consumer behavior, product design, medical anthropology, public health, sociocultural impact analysis, directed change and development, urban centers, sustainable communities, bilingual education, and ecological and environmental anthropology.

Recent research focuses on leadership and organizational culture in self-managed work teams, African-American health-seeking behavior, colonias on the border, 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, physician assistants and rural health care, the culture of sleep, and quality of life with rheumatoid arthritis.

Degree Programs
Master of Arts, 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. The applicant must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or equivalent training at a foreign university.

3. Applicants must supply official GRE test scores.

4. Applicants must have adequate subject preparation in anthropology. If the applicant is accepted into the program with fewer than 12 hours of anthropology, the applicant must take a prerequisite leveling course (ANTH 5000) the summer before the first year of study. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Lisa Henry, for more information (

5. Applicants must submit a statement of purpose (500–750 words).

6. Applicants must submit a writing sample.

7. Applicants must submit three Reference Evaluation Forms (or letters of recommendation) from persons familiar with their academic record. If an applicant received an undergraduate degree from UNT, only two references may come from the UNT anthropology 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 or Master of Science with a major in applied anthropology. Students will apply 9 hours of course work in public health as part of their electives for anthropology.

The Master of Science with a major in 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
Elective Courses, 15 hours

A minimum of two electives (6 hours) must be from outside anthropology. A minimum of two electives (6 hours) must be from inside anthropology. If pursuing an MS degree, the skills class requirement counts as one of the five electives. The student’s graduate committee must approve the course work. Electives in the anthropology master’s program are:

Note: During some terms/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 term/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 term/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. On-campus students must take a minimum of 9 hours. Online students must take a minimum of 6 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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