Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Major in Anthropology

Minimum required: 120 semester hours

General Requirements

  1. A Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in anthropology requires 32 semester hours of which 18 hours must be advanced courses.
  2. Majors must select a minor from the approved list of minors in the degrees and programs section of this catalog.
  3. Majors are required to complete: 
    ANTH 1312Cultural Anthropology3
    ANTH 2414Biological Anthropology4
    ANTH 2415Introduction to Archaeology4
    Select one of the following theory-based courses:3
    Principles of Cultural Anthropology
    History of Evolutionary Thought
    Theories and Issues in Anthropology
    Theory in Linguistic Anthropology
    Theoretical Concepts in Archaeology
  4. Majors are required to achieve the following minimum grade point averages for graduation: Texas State GPA 2.00, major GPA 2.50, and minor GPA 2.00.
  5. Nine hours of writing intensive (WI) courses are required for graduation, which can be completed by courses in the major, minor, or general education core curriculum (not including ENG 1310, ENG 1320).
  6. All students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses) as part of their degree.
  7. The Social and Behavioral Sciences component of the general education core curriculum cannot be satisfied by the completion of ANTH 1312; majors must select an additional social science course from:
    ECO 2301Principles of Economics3
    ECO 2314Principles of Microeconomics3
    GEO 1310World Geography3
    PSY 1300Introduction to Psychology3
    SOCI 1310Introduction to Sociology3
  8. Majors must complete 6 hours of the same foreign language (2310 and 2320). Most students complete 1410 and 1420 as prerequisites before attempting 2310.
  9. Majors may not receive more than six hours of credit in ANTH 4630 to satisfy Anthropology major requirements.
  10. The minimum number of hours required for a degree is 120. The number of free elective hours a student will complete depends on the number of hours a student may need to achieve the 120 and/or 36 advanced total hours required for a degree.
  11. In addition to the general education core curriculum requirements, the Bachelor of Arts degree requires three additional hours of English literature, three hours of math/science/logic/computer science courses, and six hours of 2000-level modern language courses.

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ANTH 13123HIST 13103
ENG 13103ENG 13203
POSI 23103Modern Language 14204
Modern Language 14104Life and Physical Sciences3
US 11001 
 14 13
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ANTH 241414ANTH 241514
HIST 13203ANTH adv electives3
Life and Physical Sciences3POSI 23203
Modern Language 23103Select one of the following:3
COMM 13103 
 Modern Language 23203
 16 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ANTH adv electives3ANTH adv electives3
Select one of the following:3B.A. Science23
 Select one of the following:3
 Select one of the following:3
PHIL 1305 or 13203 
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ANTH advanced electives3ANTH advanced electives6
Select one of the following:3Minor6
 Electives (as needed)4
 15 16
Total Hours: 120

Students who complete a four-hour biological anthropology and/or archeology course at another institution may have course(s) evaluated by the Chair of the Department to determine credit for ANTH 2414 and/or ANTH 2415 can be assigned.


Majors must complete an additional science for the B.A. degree. This course is in addition to the general education core curriculum Life and Physical Sciences component.