Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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Gain a deeper understanding of societies and cultures from around the world.
Our department emphasizes the use of anthropology to solve problems and improve people's lives. Our dedication to students is driven by a department culture based on collaborative decision making, camaraderie, congeniality, and support of collaborative work, motivated through creatively generating solutions.

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Why Earn an Anthropology Degree?

We train you to apply anthropological knowledge to solve problems and improve people's lives. The coursework is grouped to provide an understanding of human social and cultural complexity and the relationships of humans to one another.

The Department of Anthropology at the University of North Texas is committed to guiding our students in making the most out of their Anthropology Major. The department offers various academic certificates that serve to highlight a specialized focus in your coursework. These include customizing your elective options towards issues in Social Justice Studies, Urban Studies or Applied Anthropology.

A bachelor's degree in Anthropology will provide students with the knowledge necessary to address the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly diverse and globalizing world. In addition, students will learn skills that can be used flexibly in a wide variety of career paths.

Marketable Skills
  • Oral and written communication
  • Critical thinking
  • Teamwork
  • Basic research methods
  • Multi-cultural/diversity competencies

Anthropology Degree Highlights

Our department offers the following areas of interest: Business Technology and Design, Public Health and Medical Care Systems, Population Displacement and Migration, Education and Education Equity, the Environment and Environmental Sustainability, Urban Anthropology.
Two members of the UNT anthropology department are also on the steering committee of the Consortium of Practicing and Applied Anthropology Programs (COPAA).
All faculty members are applied anthropologists, united by our flexible intellectual and practical approaches. We challenge epistemological boundaries by using mixed methods, relying on interdisciplinary or multifaceted approaches.
Most of our courses require intensive writing, and you're encouraged to become proficient in a second language.
Undergraduate anthropology program ranked 37th in the nation for best value by
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.

What Can You Do With an Anthropology Degree?

People with training in anthropology 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.

Anthropology Degree Courses You Could Take

Introduction to Anthropology (3 hrs)
Surveys and explains the cultural, linguistic and biological legacy of humankind, from antiquity to the present, using the research tools of anthropology. Anthropology is both a scientific and humanistic endeavor that attempts to explain the differences and similarities between and among human groups.
Development of Anthropological Thought (3 hrs)
Overview of the history of anthropological thought from its origins to the contemporary schools of anthropology, with emphasis on the scientific, intellectual and sociopolitical causes and consequences of changes in major conceptual orientations to man and culture.
Anthropological Field Methods (3 hrs)
Concentrates on the field methods of anthropology, in particular the various data gathering techniques, methods of analysis and field techniques of participant observation. In addition to acquiring the skills of the participant observation method, students gain an increased awareness, understanding and appreciation of the problems associated with conducting research in cultures other than their own.
Culture and Human Sexuality (3 hrs)
Examines sexualities cross-culturally in their specific historical, social, religious and political contexts to explore how that seemingly most natural aspect of humanity — sex — is structured and experienced very differently across the globe.
Anthropology of Religion (3 hrs)
Focuses on comparing religious and supernatural belief across cultures, through the perspective of anthropology. The origin, development and function of religions in human societies, as well as classic anthropological concerns about the role of myth, ritual, ethics, magic and shamanism in society.
Culture and Society (3 hrs)
Cultural anthropology is the social science that tries to make sense out of people’s lifestyles around the world, encompassing many subjects such as law, religion, politics, health, language, economics and globalization. It involves analyzing human ways of life with holistic, comparative, global, and relativistic perspective.

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