The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

General Description / Special Programs

Anthropology is a program within the department, of Comparative Cultural Studies but all courses and degrees are in Anthropology. A diverse curriculum provides courses in the major subfields of cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and physical anthropology at the undergraduate level as well as in the study of important world regions, such as the United States, Latin America, and Africa. The MA Program in Anthropology in the department trains students to be engaged cultural anthropologists with some opportunities for Archaeological Research. 

Our faculty is actively engaged in field research throughout the world, including cultural anthropology, ethnography, medical anthropology, and archaeology, with particular expertise in the study of the United States and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, Africa, and Europe. Students are encouraged to gain firsthand experience in various aspects of anthropological research, both domestically and abroad. On-campus and Houston-area research and public engagement opportunities are also often available each term. Our program especially encourages and supports diverse forms of community-based research collaborations and partnerships in the Houston metropolitan area as part of the work of publicly engaged anthropology.

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Tuition Info
Degrees Offered BA/BS anthropology; MA anthropology
Highest Degree Offered MA/MS
Other Degree Requirements MA Anthropology Degree Requirement Page:
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Majors must meet the general requirements for a baccalaureate degree, in addition to fulfilling the department requirements. This includes 120 hours, (36 advanced). Students must complete 30 semester hours in Anthropology, to include 2302, and two courses selected from ANTH 2301, 2303, and 2304. Majors must also complete ANTH 4310 and 3 hrs at any level. 15 semester hours must be at the 3000 level or above.
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Forensic Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements 30 hours coursework, 6 hours of thesis, including statistics, methods and passing a comprehensive exam in required courses pluse subdisciplines relevant to student's thesis..
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Graduate Student Support Available: 5 teaching assistantships, research assistantships in varying amounts. Other scholarship aid competitive throughout university

Program Details
Research Facilities

Archaeology Labs; computer labs for undergraduate majors and graduate students. Special collections and Digital Research Center at the MD Anderson Library is a great resource for our students. 

Library Resources MD Anderson Library on campus, plus access to all University libraries and other campuses' libraries.
Certs Offered 0
Employees1 to 25
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

Application Deadlines
February 28 and June 1 for the MA program; variable for undergraduates
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Nu Chapter of Texas in Lambda Alpha; Anthropology Club
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1