Departmental Admissions for Undergraduate Majors in Anthropology
Undergraduate Anthropology majors do not have admission requirements beyond good standing in the University. Declaration of Anthropology as a pre-major (code 321.99) can be done when a student completes the original university admission application form, or by completing a "change of major" form for students who are currently in the system. To become an Anthropology major a student has to select either the BA (code 321.10) or BS (code 321.20) degree plan. BA students must complete 32 semester hours of Anthropology, 18 of which must be advanced courses, with an overall major GPA of at least 2.25. BS students must complete 38 semester hours of Anthropology, 18 of which must be advanced courses, with an overall major GPA of at least 2.50.
Departmental Admissions for Undergraduate Minors in Anthropology
The undergraduate minor in Anthropology does not have admission requirements beyond good standing in the University. An undergraduate minor in anthropology requires 20 semester hours including ANTH 1312, 2414, 2415, and at least nine hours of advanced Anthropology electives. A minimum GPA of 2.00 in the minor is necessary for awarding of the degree.
Departmental Admissions for Master of Arts in Anthropology
Admission decisions for the MA with a major in Anthropology are made once per year in the spring semester for entry during the following fall semester. The deadline for application is January 15 and review of completed applications will begin immediately. Admission decisions will be made as soon as application files are complete and will continue until our cohort for the year is full. Applicants must meet the following criteria.
Applicants with an undergraduate degree in Anthropology
Applicants seeking admission to the MA program must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average during their last 60 hours of undergraduate course work before the bachelor’s degree and a preferred score of at least 300 on the GRE (verbal and quantitative combined), prior to review for admission.
Applicants without an undergraduate degree in Anthropology
Applicants seeking admission to the MA program must have at least a 3.0 grade-point average during their last 60 hours of undergraduate course work before the bachelor’s degree, a preferred score of at least 300 on the GRE (verbal and quantitative combined), prior to review for admission. Although it is not required for admittance to the program, it is recommended that applicants without an undergraduate degree in Anthropology complete undergraduate introductory courses in Cultural Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, and Archaeology, prior to review for admission. (These courses correspond to the Texas State ANTH 1312, ANTH 2414, and ANTH 2415 undergraduate courses.)
(1) Submit your application online at Apply Texas at https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX
(2) Submit to the Office of the Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/rqmt.html
(a) the application fee
(b) one official transcript from each university or college attended
(c) the official score (verbal and quantitative) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
(d) a statement of purpose that identifies an applicant’s academic interest in one of the subdisciplines (cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology, or biological anthropology) and in possible areas of anthropological research
(e) three letters of recommendation, and
(f) a CV/Resume
Click here for more details and for directions on how to either mail these documents or submit them electronically.
In deciding on whether any applicant is to be admitted, the graduate faculty will take into consideration the current size of the program, the applicant’s academic record and academic potential (including the GRE and GPA), the applicant’s proposed research area or topic and subdiscipline, and the degree to which members of the graduate faculty in the department support the application. Students admitted to the program are assigned a faculty mentor who will mentor the student through their thesis project. (Mentors may be changed with the approval of a student's assigned mentor, the new mentor, and the graduate advisor.)
To graduate with a master’s degree in Anthropology, a student must complete 36 hours of course work, attain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3, and successfully write and orally defend his/her thesis.
Departmental Admissions for Graduate Minor in Anthropology
A graduate minor in Anthropology is offered to Texas State graduate students currently working on a graduate degree with a major in an area outside of Anthropology. Admission requirements are limited to students of good standing in the Graduate College. Requirements for the minor are completion of 9-semester hours of graduate Anthropology coursework.
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