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Hands-on learning

The anthropology program at Missouri State offers a wide range of opportunities to gain first-hand experience and acquire practical skills outside the classroom. Although these experiences are not required, they are strongly recommended.

Lab classes

Anthropology offers laboratory courses in lithics, zooarchaeology, bioanthropology and historical materials for advanced students. In addition, ANT 505 Ethnohistory and ANT 510 Ethnographic Research Methods are built around field research projects in cultural anthropology.

Archaeological field schools

The anthropology program offers one or more archaeological field schools for undergraduate students every year. In addition to 3-6 hours of course credit as ANT 351, the field school gives you an opportunity to acquire the basic skills required of a field archaeologist and to see if this is a career for you.

Education abroad

Anthropology offers regular opportunities for students to gain cross-cultural experience either in a Education Abroad tour or by accompanying faculty members on research projects abroad. Students earn credit in ANT 490. Current opportunities include archaeology and cultural anthropology in Jamaica and cultural anthropology in Guatemala.


The anthropology program offers credit to students who complete an internship with a private, nonprofit or government agency. An internship will provide you with valuable work experience, develop your professional skills and allow you to explore a career pertaining to anthropology.

Directed research projects

Advanced anthropology students can pursue independent study projects or work one-on-one with a faculty mentor in directed readings and directed research courses. These students often present the findings of their research at student and professional conferences.


The mission of Missouri State is public affairs. Therefore, we promote the idea of civic engagement, particularly through service-learning opportunities tied to anthropology courses. In service-learning, students gain credit by working for local organizations in ways that are relevant to their major.

Student organizations

The Anthropology Club is a registered student organization that meets regularly, invites guest speakers, organizes trips and events, and conducts fundraising activities.

Lambda Alpha is a national honorary society for anthropology majors.