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Anthropology, B.S.


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The Anthropology program emphasizes the study of the whole human being. It is focused on understanding diversity in Houston, the United States, and the world. Through coursework, students explore world cultures and global challenges as well as methods for studying peoples and cultures. The major prepares students to be global citizens by promoting skills for engaging responsibly and ethically in diverse communities in the United States and globally. In particular, the major fosters a number of skills, including cross-cultural communication, critical thinking, writing and qualitative research and data analysis, which prepare students to respond creatively to the challenges of Houston’s global and dynamic employment sector. Anthropology students have opportunities for many exciting site visits to Houston’s diverse neighborhoods and cultural institutions through coursework and research.

University Core Requirements (42 hours):


Communication (6 hours)


Mathematics (3 hours)


Choose ONE of the following courses.

Language, Philosophy and Culture (3 hours)


Choose ONE of the following courses.

Creative Arts (3 hours)


Choose ONE of the following courses.

U.S. History (6 hours)


Government/Political Science (6 hours)


Public Speaking (3 hours)


Component Area Options (3 hours)


Two 1- hour Life and Physical Science Labs are required co-requisites for the chosen science courses.

College Core Requirements


30 hours of upper-level credit must be “C” or better.

Core Requirement (3 hours)


Choose ONE of the following. A grade of “C+” or better is required.

Major Requirements (45 hours):


Choose ONE of:


HUMN 3374  and HUMN 3375  are strongly recommended. For ARTS 3355 , the following may be substituted: HUMN 3355 . For ARTS 3356 , the following may be substituted: HUMN 3356 . For ARTS 4312 , the following may be substituted: HUMN 4312 . For ARTS 4315 , the following may be substituted: HUMN 4315 . For ARTS 4322 , the following may be substituted: HUMN 4322 .

Choose ONE of:


ANTH 4372  or ANTH 4302  are strongly recommended.

Diversity Requirement


Choose TWO of the following courses. For ANTH 4341 , the following may be substituted: SOCI 4341  or WGST 4341  For PSYC 4356 , the following may be substituted: SOCI 4356 

Subject Requirements


Select FIVE of the following courses.

Required Anthropology Electives


Choose ONE additional ANTH courses at any level.

Electives (33 hours)


Students may complete a Minor with elective hours. (30 hours may be from the 1300/2300 level. 3 hours must be from any 3300/4300 level courses.)

Anthropology Concentration Areas


In order to organize their studies, explore a specific topic, and prepare for careers, students may select one of the following concentrations. Students who complete a concentration will receive a certificate. For more information, contact a full-time Anthropology faculty member. Concentration areas may be found below.

International and Global Studies


Select THREE of the following courses.

Africana Studies


The minor in Africana Studies includes courses that explore the experience of peoples of African descent in both Africa and the diaspora. The minor will expose students to scholarship from historical, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary perspectives on race, racism, colonialism and contemporary issues relevant to the African population and members of the African diaspora. The courses also explore the diverse cultural and social practices that form the unique identities among the different African populations and members of the African diaspora in the Americas and around the globe. The courses included in this minor come from different programs and departments within HSH.

Students are required to take 15 hours to complete the Africana studies minor as indicated below. Students for this minor must at least earn “C” or better for all minor courses. Students must take coursework in at least two different disciplines (indicated by four-letter rubrics) from among the HSH offerings below.

Additional Information


ANTH 4330 - Cultural Study Abroad, when topic focus is on Kenya or Ghana.

LITR 4338 - When the topic when topic focus is on African American women writers.

Latin American Studies


Select THREE of the following courses. For ANTH 3355 , the following may be substituted: HUMN 3355 . For ARTS 3356 , the following may be substituted: HUMN 3356 .

Middle Eastern Studies


Select THREE of the following courses. ANTH 4330  when the topic is a Middle Eastern country.

Social Justice


Select THREE of the following courses. ANTH 4301 when the topic is Public Culture.

Health in Cross-Cultural Perspectives


Select THREE of the following courses.

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