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Anthropology is the comparative study of the human species. Because our species exhibits great diversity, anthropologists study the whole spectrum of human existence across time and space to address fundamental questions about what we are and why.

What do all of the different manifestations of the human species have in common? How did this common core of humanity come into being? What forces shaped it? Can our knowledge of the human species help us to better the human condition? What are the underlying causes and mechanisms of racial, gender, and class inequality? Those are the questions that lie at the heart of anthropology.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare an anthropology major must first meet with an anthropology advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Anthropology degree plan to view all required courses for the Anthropology major in the College of Liberal Arts.

View course descriptions of current ANT (Anthropology) courses. Students interested in anthropology should start further exploration by taking one or two introductory courses, such as: ANT 301 Physical Anthropology, ANT 302 Cultural Anthropology, ANT 304 Intro to Archaeological Studies: Prehistory, ANT 305 Expressive Culture, ANT 307 Culture & Communication.


Anthropology takes a broad approach to its core concerns. It sees humankind in terms of the interaction of biological, social, cultural, and historical processes. In short, it looks at our species holistically. While the holistic approach looks at the big picture, anthropologists have found it most useful to focus on this picture from a handful of specialized perspectives.

The undergraduate program in anthropology gives students a comprehensive introduction to each of the subfields below while allowing them to specialize in the subfield most attuned to their interests. These perspectives give us the following subfields of anthropology:

  • Physical Anthropology;
  • Social Anthropology;
  • Archaeology;
  • Cultural Forms;
  • Linguistic Anthropology.

The anthropology major, like most majors in the College of Liberal Arts, does not prepare students for a specific occupation; rather, it gives students a broad preparation in problem-solving, human behavior, cultural understanding, communication skills, and those unique perspectives and habits of thought that allow anthropologists to see old problems in new ways. In a rapidly changing world, it teaches students perhaps the most important skill: how to learn and adapt.