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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Anthropology, B.A.

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Program Overview

The Anthropology Program in the Comparative Cultural Studies Department focus on archaeology and ethnology as specialized areas of study. A diverse curriculum provides courses in the major subfields of ethnology, archaeology, linguistics, and physical anthropology as well as in the study of important world regions, such as the United States, North America, Latin America, and Africa.

Specialized courses are offered in medical anthropology, applied anthropology, historic archaeology, nutrition, sexuality, economic development, ethnic studies in the United States, and cultural reconstruction from symbolic behavior.

Topics are cast in a comparative, often global purview, and students view human problems such as hunger, religious conflict, sexism, racism, and inequality from the anthropological perspective.

The programs are designed to develop students concern and knowledge about current world problems and to provide them with skills and experience needed to enter professional careers in applied social sciences or to continue advanced training in the anthropological subdisciplines, law, public health, or other professional fields.

Recommended Courses for Pre-Law Training in Anthropology

The Anthropology Program recommends the following courses for meeting the various components for the University Core Curriculum, and the college and program requirements. Please note that this information is not intended to preclude completion of other courses that may be offered on an irregular basis, such as selected topics courses, nor does it imply that completion of these courses alone will satisfy the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree requirements for graduation.

Core Curriculum Requirements

College Requirements

Minor preferably in Political Science to include courses from the Social Sciences lists. Nine hours of Social Sciences in addition to the six-hour core requirement: (Reminder: These 15 hours must be selected from three fields outside the major.)

Program Requirements


Address inquiries about pre-law counseling and training to:

University of Houston
Anthropology Program
Attn: Undergraduate Advisor
233 McElhinney Hall
Houston, TX 77204-5020


University of Houston
Department of Political Science
Attn: Pre-Law Advisor
447 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
Houston, TX 77204-3011

Anthropology Degree Requirements

Students must earn a minimum 2.00 grade point average in all courses in the major (required or elective) attempted at this university.

Students who choose to major in anthropology must also meet the university core requirements and the college core requirements for a Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.


30 hours (at least 18 advanced) to include:


Students must complete at least 15 of the required 30 hours in residence at the University of Houston. Twelve of these 15 hours must be advanced (3000-level or above). Transferred credit to be counted toward the anthropology major requirements must have a grade of C- or above. Majors who plan to pursue graduate study should consider taking one statistics course from the program’s recommended list.

For additional information, write, call, or visit the program Web site:

University of Houston
Anthropology Program
Attn: Landis Odoms
233 McElhinney Hall
Houston, TX 77204-5020

713-743-3783 or 713-743-3947


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