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.
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.
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