Department of Anthropology

Degree Requirements

Anthropology is a major in the College of Liberal Arts and is part of the Bachelor of Arts degree plan (Plan I). The Undergraduate Catalog outlines the program of work.

BA Anthropology, 2016-2018 Catalog
(expires August 2024)

BA Anthropology, 2014-2016 Catalog
(expires August 2022)

BA Anthropology, 2012-2014 Catalog
(expires August 2020)

BA Anthropology, 2010-2012 Catalog
(expires August 2018)

In general, catalog eligibility is based on a student’s first semester enrolled at The University of Texas at Austin. Some students may be eligible for a different catalog. The Undergraduate Advisor can help students understand their catalog options.

Major Requirements

The requirements for the Anthropology major vary across active catalogs.

Under the 2014-2016 and 2016-2018 Catalogs, the Anthropology major consists of 33 hours (including 18 hours upper-division and 18 hours in residence) as follows:

  • ANT 301 Biological/Physical Anthropology
  • ANT 302 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANT 304 Introduction to Archaeological Studies I: Prehistoric Archaeology
  • ANT 307 Culture and Communication
  • 3 hours upper-division Anthropology coursework in each of the following areas*:
  • Theory
  • Methods
  • Culture/Geographic Area
  • 12 additional hours Anthropology, including 9 hours upper-division

Under the 2010-2012 and 2012-2014 Catalogs, the Anthropology major consists of 30 hours (including 18 hours upper-division and 18 hours in residence) as follows:
  • ANT 301 Biological/Physical Anthropology
  • ANT 304 Introduction to Archaeological Studies I: Prehistoric Archaeology
  • ANT 302 Cultural Anthropology, ANT 305 Expressive Culture, OR ANT 307 Culture and Communication
  • 3 hours upper-division Anthropology coursework in each of the following areas*:
  • Theory
  • Methods
  • Culture/Geographic Area
  • 12 additional hours Anthropology, including 9 hours upper-division

*Courses that fulfill the Theory, Methods, and Culture/Geographic Area requirements are announced during each registration period.

Minor Requirements

For the 2010-2012, 2012-2014, and 2014-2016 catalogs, Anthropology requires a minor to graduate. For these catalogs, minors are 12 hours in a single subject, with six of those hours at the upper-division level and six hours in residence. Anthropology students should contact the Undergraduate Advisor to declare a minor. Minors for these catalogs do not appear on transcripts.

For the 2016-2018 catalog, Anthropology requires a minor to graduate. For the 2016-2018 catalog, minors are 15-21 hours. Upper-division hours vary by minor. To learn more about minor options, click here. Some minors require an application. Anthropology students can discuss the process of declaring a minor with the Undergraduate Advisor. Completed 2016-2018 minors will appear on transcripts. One minor per major is allowed. Students may use an approved certificate to count for the minor requirement.