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

General Description / Special Programs
The department offers specialized graduate training in nautical archaeology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology.
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Degrees Offered PhD, MA, MS in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation, BA, BS (archaeology track)
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Museum/Curatorial Studies
BA/BS Requirements
120 credit hours; University and College core curriculum, 31 hours in anthropology The department offers a general track and an archaeology track. The department offers a minor in Anthropology and an interdisciplinary minor in Museum Studies.
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Experience Offered
MA/ MS Requirements 30 hours minimum of course work required, thesis, oral thesis defense
MA/MS Specializations MA: Same as PhD. The department also offers an MS in Maritime Archaeology and Conservation.
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements 96 credit hours, or 64 credit hours beyond MA degree and one year in residence, dissertation, preliminary exams and dissertation defense
Phd Specializations Archaeology: Peopling of the Americas, hunter-gatherers, lithic and ceramic technology, palynology, archaeobotany, geoarchaeology and zooarchaeology. Biological: paleoanthropoloogy, bioarchaeology, primatology. Cultural: globalization, gender, economic anthropology, human behavioral ecology, folklore. Nautical Archaeology: conservation, classical archaeology, shipbuilding and seafaring, underwater excavation, maritime history.
Other Degree Field Areas
The university offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate Minor in Museum Studies.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info Undergraduate students can complete a credit-bearing internship at several local museums.
Grants Or Funding The department provides teaching and research assistants, and other forms of funding, to graduate students on a competitive basis.
Support Opportunities The department provides graduate students with limited amounts of funding for conference and research travel.
Program Details
Library Resources The Sterling Evans Library contains 3.4 million titles and 56,903 serials. The department houses a nautical archaeology library and a First Americans archaeology library.
Publications Texas A&M University Press publishes a series in Nautical Archaeology and a series in the Peopling of the Americas. The Center for Maritime Archaeology publishes a biannual newsletter (CMAC News and Reports). The Institute for Nautical Archaeology publishes a newsletter (INA Quarterly). The Center for the Study of the First Americans publishes a newsletter (Mammoth Trumpet).
Certs Offered 0
The Institute of Nautical Archaeology (INA) is housed in the Anthropology Building at Texas A&M, and faculty in the Nautical Archaeology Program work closely with INA.
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
December 1 for graduate program
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: TAMU Anthropological Society organizes lectures and events for undergraduate majors and graduate students.
Anthropology Club Advisor: Marco Valadez
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0