Undergraduate Catalog

2010-11 Academic Year

Department of Anthropology

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Fax: 940-369-7833

E-mail: anthropology@unt.edu

Web site: anthropology.unt.edu

Alicia ReCruz, Interim Chair


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


The Department 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. Linguistic Anthropology 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

The department offers programs in the following areas:

Bachelor of Arts

Major in Anthropology Degree Requirements

1. Hours Required and General/College Requirements: A minimum of 120 semester hours, of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as specified in the “General University Requirements” in the Academics section of this catalog and the College of Public Affairs and Community Service requirements.

2. Major Requirements: Major of 36 hours in anthropology, including ANTH 2300, ANTH 2500, ANTH 2700, at least one “area” class (from courses numbered ANTH 3100–3800), ANTH 4021, and either ANTH 4011 or a second area class (from courses numbered ANTH 3100–3800). Of the remaining 18 elective hours, 15 must be taken at the upper-division level (3000 or 4000), 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.

3. Other Course Requirements: In addition to the 36 hours of anthropology, candidates must take the 1010 and 1020 courses from the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (or place out by examination), and 3 credit hours of an outside elective, including one of the following: PHIL 2330, Introduction to Modern Philosophy; PHIL 2600, Ethics in Modern Science; GEOG 1170, Culture, Environment and Society; GEOG 1200, World Regional Geography; HIST 1050, World Civilization to 1500; or HIST 1060, World History from the Sixteenth Century.

4. Minor: No minor is required.

5. Electives: See individual degree plan (12 hours of free electives must be advanced).

6. Other Requirements:

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).

Minor in Ethnic Studies

A minor in ethnic studies requires completion of 18 hours (6 must be advanced), including ANTH 2070 or SOCI 2070, Introduction to Race and Ethnic Relations, and 6 hours from a list of core courses: ANTH 2350, Cultural Diversity in U.S. (American) Culture; ANTH 4050, Contemporary Ethnic Groups; ANTH 4701, Topics in Sociocultural Anthropology; SOCI 4540, Race and Ethnic Minorities; or SOWK 4540, Human Diversity for the Helping Professions. The remaining 9 hours are selected from a list of approved electives.

Minor in Medical Anthropology

A minor in medical anthropology requires completion of 18 hours (6 must be advanced), including the following:

*Providing the class has not been already used to satisfy the minor requirement.

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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