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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including Core Curriculum requirements, is 120. Thirty-nine of the total semester credit hours required for the degree must be at the upper-division level.

All candidates for this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

As part of the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Signature Experience, which seeks to offer students opportunities to apply ideas and knowledge in real-world settings, the Department of Anthropology encourages students to take advantage of internships, independent studies, or service learning as part of their undergraduate program of study. Internships are arranged through the Department Chair and are designed to provide students with experiences at a wide variety of institutions in the region, including the Department’s Center for Archaeological Research and the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. Independent studies are arranged in consultation with Anthropology faculty and may include research on areas not normally covered by organized coursework, work associated with a professor’s research, or a student’s independent research project. Service Learning is offered through the UTSA Student Activities Office and focuses on activities designed around civic engagements that address or meet community needs.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. The courses listed below satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements; however, if these courses are taken to satisfy both requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

The following four courses satisfy both degree requirements of the major as well as component requirements of the Core Curriculum. ANT 2033 may be used to help satisfy the Life and Physical Sciences component requirement. ANT 2043 or ANT 2053 will satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences component requirement. ANT 2063 may be used to satisfy the Language, Philosophy, and Culture component requirement. ANT 1013 is not a requirement of the major in anthropology; however, it will satisfy the Social and Behavioral Sciences component requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Degree Requirements

  1. 39 semester credit hours in the major, 27 of which must be at the upper-division level:

    1. 12 semester credit hours of required courses:

      ANT  2033  Introduction to Physical Anthropology
      ANT  2043  Introduction to Archaeology
      ANT  2053  Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
      ANT  2063  Language, Thought, and Culture

    2. 9 upper-division semester credit hours chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor:

      3 semester credit hours in archaeology
      3 semester credit hours in cultural anthropology
      3 semester credit hours in physical anthropology

    3. 18 additional upper-division semester credit hours of anthropology electives, excluding ANT 4913 Independent Study, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor.

  2. 9 semester credit hours of upper-division coursework from another discipline that supports the study of anthropology. The support area must form a cohesive program of study and must be chosen in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor after completion of 12 semester credit hours of anthropology. Recommended areas for support work include, but are not limited to, foreign languages, statistics, computer science, earth sciences, environmental sciences, and social sciences. The student should file a statement of intent and the list of courses to be taken in the support area with the undergraduate advisor for Anthropology in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Advising Center.

  3. 30 semester credit hours of electives

Course Sequence Guide for B.A. Degree in Anthropology

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Anthropology degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Liberal and Fine Arts Undergraduate Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress toward the degree depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology – Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship 3
ANT 2043 Introduction to Archaeology (core and major) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I (core) 3
Other core course or free elective   3
Spring
ANT 2033 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (core and major) 3
HIS 1043, HIS 1053, or HIS 2053 United States History: Pre-Columbus to Civil War Era (core) 3
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II (core) 3
Other core course or free elective   3
Mathematics core   3
Second Year
Fall
ANT 2053 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
POL 1013 Introduction to American Politics (core) 3
Free elective   3
Other core course or free elective   3
Upper-division Archaeology course   3
Spring
ANT 2063 Language, Thought, and Culture 3
ECO 2003, ECO 2013, or ECO 2023 Economic Principles and Issues (core) 3
POL 1133 Texas Politics and Society (core) 3
Other core course or free elective   3
Upper-division Cultural Anthropology course   3
Third Year
Fall
Free elective   3
Upper-division ANT elective   3
Upper-division Physical Anthropology course   3
Upper-division free elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Spring
Upper-division ANT elective   3
Upper-division ANT elective   3
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Fourth Year
Fall
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Upper-division ANT elective   3
Upper-division ANT elective   3
Upper-division support work   3
Spring
Free elective   3
Free elective   3
Upper-division ANT elective   3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3
Free elective (to meet 120 hour minimum)   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

 

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