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

General Description / Special Programs

The anthropology program at Texas State offers coursework and training in cultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and applied anthropology for undergraduate and graduate students.

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Tuition Info
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Degrees Offered PhD in Applied Anthropology; MA, BA, BS in Anthropology.
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
The BA or BS in Anthropology is a 120-hour degree, which includes the Texas State University core curriculum, 32 (BA) or 35 hours (BS) of anthropology, and a minor. All majors complete introductory courses in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archaeology, a capstone course in anthropological theory, and 18 hours of advanced anthropology courses.
MA/MS Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Experience Offered
Field Work
MA/ MS Requirements The MA in Anthropology is a 36-hour degree with 30 hours of graduate level coursework (5000-level or higher) and 6 hours of thesis. All students complete core seminars in Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology and Archaeology. Biological Anthropology and Archaeology students also take a course in Anthropological Statistics.
MA/MS Specializations Same as PhD specializations.
PhD Field Areas
Applied Anthropology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements The PhD in Applied Anthropology is a 54-hour degree with 36 hours of doctoral level coursework (7000-level) and 18 hours of dissertation. Students take courses in ethics, proposal writing, methods, theory, and statistics. Because this is an interdisciplinary degree, at least 6 hours of coursework are from other disciplines.
Phd Specializations Faculty and students have varied interests in basic and applied research in the U.S., Peru, Belize, West and South Africa, and Madagascar. Specializations include cultural patterns, public health, race, gender, medical anthropology, qualitative methods, sociolinguistics, hunter-gatherers, complex societies, iconography, geoarchaeology, paleoenvironments, ceramic and lithic analysis, culture resource management, human biological variation, skeletal biology, bioarchaeology, isotopic studies, geometric morphometrics, paleopathology, forensic anthropology, primate behavioral ecology, and primate conservation.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info <p>Undergraduate and graduate majors can earn credit by completing internships or externships, which provide students with an opportunity to practice the research skills learned in classes and to experience how applied research is conducted in non-academic settings, something that cannot be simulated in an academic environment.</p>
Grants Or Funding For undergraduates see For graduate students see and Instructional, teaching and research assistantships are also available for graduate students.
Program Details
Research Facilities <p>Research facilities include the Cultural Anthropology Laboratory and the Center for Archaeological Studies (director Dr. Todd M. Ahlman), the Center for Art and Symbolism in Ancient America (director Dr. F. Kent Reilly), and the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State (director Dr. Daniel Wescott).</p>
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
See for undergraduate application deadlines and for graduate application deadlines.
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Stones and Bones Club
Anthropology Club Advisor: Dr. Richard Warms Dr. Augustine Agwuele
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1