Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Major in Anthropology

Minimum required: 120 semester hours

General Requirements

  1. A major in anthropology consists of 35 semester hours, 18 of which must be at the advanced level.
  2. Majors must select a minor from the following list of lab-based science minors: biology,  chemistry, physics, geology, geography, computer science, or mathematics.
  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
    Theoretical Concepts in Archaeology
    Theory in Linguistic Anthropology
  4. 12 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).
  5. All students must complete a minimum of 36 advanced hours (3000 or 4000 level courses) as part of their degree.
  6. Majors are required to complete 6 hours of Anthropology techniques courses to be selected from:
    Rock Art Field Methods
    Curation of Archaeological Materials
    Field Methods in Forensic Anthropology
    Methods in Primate Research
    Field Methods in Cultural Anthropology
    Methods in Skeletal Biology
    Internship in Anthropology
    Archaeological Field School
  7. Majors may not receive more than six hours of credit for ANTH 4630 to satisfy Anthropology major requirements.
  8. 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.
  9. 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:
    Principles of Economics
    Principles of Microeconomics
    World Geography
    Introduction to Psychology
    Introduction to Sociology
  10. Majors must complete 8 hours of the same foreign language (1410 and 1420) at the college level.
  11. Majors must complete a statistics course from:
    Statistics For Criminal Justice
    Research Methods in Geography
    Introduction to Statistics
    Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences

Course Requirements 

First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ANTH 13123HIST 13103
ENG 13103ENG 13203
POSI 23103BIO 1320 or 1330 and 1130 (if Biology major)3-4
US 11001Modern Language 14204
Modern Language 14104 
 14 13
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ANTH 241414ANTH 241514
Select one of the following:3POSI 23203
 COMM 13103
 Select one of the following:3
Select one of the following:3-4 
 PHIL 1305 or 13203
BIO 1421 or 1331 and 1131 (if Biology minor)4 
HIST 13203 
 17 16
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ANTH advanced electives6ANTH advanced electives3
Select one of the following:3Select one of the following:3
PHIL 4355 or ENG 33033 
 Select one of the following:3
 15 15
First SemesterHoursSecond SemesterHours
ANTH advanced electives3ANTH advanced electives6
Select one of the folllowing:3Minor3
 Electives (as needed)4-6
Select one of the following:3 
 15 15
Total Hours: 120

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


B.S. students are required to take 6 total hours of techniques courses.