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  • Biological anthropologists study the origin and evolution of the human species and how human populations adapt biologically to different environments
  • Cultural anthropologists explore the life ways of communities around the world today.
  • Archaeologists seek to understand the lives of people in the past by studying the things they left behind.
  • Linguistic anthropologisys focus on the nature, structure, and evolution of language and the critical role it plays in the human experience.
  • Anthropology students experience the richness of cultural diversity through travel and research opportunities.
  • Field schools offer studetns the opportunity to participate in archaeological excavation and research.
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Exploring people and cultures

Anthropologists seek to understand the many varied peoples and cultures of the world — past and present — and how they came to be.

What Is Anthropology?

The anthropology program at Missouri State offers an undergraduate major and minor for students interested in better understanding our diverse world, and a master's degree for students who want to develop a career in anthropology. Our programs are taught by faculty engaged in both teaching and researching who incorporate hands-on learning experiences into their classes.

Preparing you for a global workplace

The undergraduate anthropology program at Missouri State focuses on the four fields of the discipline: archaeology and biological, cultural and linguistic anthropology. Our program prepares you for success in an increasingly multicultural workplace and a global society by helping you better understand and appreciate cultural differences.

Applying anthropology

Our graduate program will prepare you for a professional career in cultural resource management, public archaeology or applied (cultural) anthropology by developing skills in:

  • Using archaeological and ethnographic research techniques, such as:
    • Archaeological survey, testing and excavation
    • Laboratory analysis of material culture and skeletal remains
    • Archival analysis
    • Participant observation and interviewing
  • Working with an agency or organization
  • Designing and conducting research projects
  • Writing research proposals and technical reports
  • Employing quantitative and computer-based techniques
  • Collaborating with other disciplines and with communities
  • Solving human problems locally and globally
  • Working with people from other cultural backgrounds


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