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Program Overview/Mission

The Anthropology program emphasizes the study of the whole human being. It is focused on understanding diversity in Houston, the United States, and globally. Through coursework students explore world cultures and global challenges as well as methods for studying peoples and cultures in the world. The program prepares students to be global citizens by promoting skills for engaging responsibly and ethically in diverse communities in the United States and globally.

Students may complete the degree fully face-to-face, fully online, or through a combination of face-to-face and online courses.

Program Degrees

Undergraduate Program (Bachelor of Science)
The B.S. in Anthropology at University of Houston-Clear Lake is designed to give students a comprehensive span of Cultural Anthropology topics and methods. Our coursework fosters fieldwork skills, analytical reading, critical thinking, strong oral and written communication skills, an understanding of diverse cultures, and an appreciation of the value of diversity. In order to organize your studies, explore a specific topic, and prepare for careers, you may select one of the following concentrations: International and Global Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Social Justice, and Women, Gender and Sexuality. Students who complete a concentration will receive a certificate.

Admission Requirements

Program Faculty

Maria Curtis
Maria Curtis

Maria Curtis

Professor in Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Studies,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3429
Office: SSCB 2109.09

Maria Curtis Faculty Bio

Christine Kovic
Christine Kovic

Christine Kovic

Professor of Anthropology and Cross-Cultural Studies,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3365
Office: Bayou 2617.04

Christine Kovic Faculty Bio

Dawit Woldu
Dawitt Woldu

Dawit Woldu

Associate Professor of Anthropology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3364
Office: SSCB 2109.12

Dawit Woldu Faculty Bio

Curriculum and Instruction

Opportunities for Anthropology Majors
Gain valuable skills for working in Houston, the nation's most diverse city.

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  • Focus your coursework on one of our concentrations: International & Global Studies; Latin American Studies; Middle Eastern Studies; Women, Gender, and Sexuality; Social Justice.
  • Combine your Anthropology Major with a minor in Latinx & Latin American studies.
  • Apply for the Mary Hodge Research Award, a scholarship for students conducting anthropological research.
  • Join Lambda Alpha, Anthropology National Honor Society, for scholarships and publication opportunities.

Student Resources

Career Opportunities
With your degree in Anthropology, you may use these skills in a variety of fields from business to government service to non-governmental organizations. Graduates of the program have gone on to diverse careers in law, education, and social services. The program serves as an excellent background for students who wish to enter the MA Program in Cross-Cultural Studies at UHCL or other programs emphasizing cultural diversity.

Additional Information

For additional information about Anthropology program faculty and courses, contact: 

Dr. Maria Curtis, Associate Professor and Program Director


Human Sciences and Humanities
Academic Advising Office

University of Houston - Clear Lake
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, Texas  77058-1098