Anthropology


Your Future In Anthropology

Do you enjoy learning about past and present cultures? Are you interested in understanding how humans attempt to solve the problem of belonging to groups while at the same time being individuals? Do you enjoy traveling abroad?

Earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of North Texas will prepare you for a variety of challenging careers.

People with anthropology training work in a world transformed by global forces (shifting political borders, ethnic tensions, environmental challenges resulting from global climate change, etc.). They act locally to bridge communication between diverse groups and help everyone adapt to our changing world. You may work for a:

  • Federal, state or local government agency as an analyst or public information officer
  • Museum as an education director
  • Nongovernmental organization such as UNESCO, UNICEF or the American Red Cross
  • Public health department or hospital as a medical anthropologist

Anthropology also prepares you for a variety of graduate and professional school degrees including law, medicine, public health or even a Master of Business Administration degree.

What we offer

We train you to apply anthropological knowledge to solve problems and improve people’s lives. The course work is grouped to provide an understanding of human biological, social and cultural complexity and the relationships of humans to one another and the environment.

By enrolling in specialized electives, you can focus your studies on physical anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology or sociocultural anthropology.

Our faculty members, who serve as mentors, have research interests in:

  • Africa, Oceania, North America, Latin America and South Asia
  • Anthropology of Education
  • Archaeology
  • Business, Technology and Design Anthropology
  • Environmental and Ecological Anthropology
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Migration and Border Studies
  • Physical Anthropology
  • Visual Anthropology

You can join the UNT Anthropology Student Association, which sponsors field trips, a faculty lecture series and discussions about social issues. There are also numerous opportunities to gain practical experience in the field. They include working with a professor, on your own ethnographic research project or at a field school engaged in hands-on archaeological, sociocultural or physical anthropology research.

What to expect

We encourage you to complete the university core courses before taking junior- and senior-level anthropology courses. This approach will better prepare you for success in our program.

Most of our courses require intensive writing, and you’re encouraged to become proficient in a second language.

The Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at Apply Texas by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.