Anthropology Undergraduate Program

Why study anthropology at Missouri State?

  • Courses in all four fields will provide you with a solid foundation in anthropology and a well-rounded liberal arts education.
  • Laboratory classes and field schools will give you hands-on training in the practice of anthropology.
  • Internships and research projects will prepare you for work and for graduate school.
  • Service-learning and study abroad opportunities will allow you to experience cultures first-hand and develop the cultural competence necessary for success in a globalizing world.

Degree Options

Anthropologists seek to understand the many varied peoples and cultures of the world — past and present — and how they came to be. Students have a variety of options for pursuing anthropology as both a major and minor degree.


Bachelor of Arts

The BA degree offers a broad liberal arts education that includes courses in foreign language, world history, philosophy and fine arts, as well as 30 hours in anthropology.

Students on a dig.

Bachelor of Science

The BS degree requires 39 hours in anthropology and offers a greater degree of specialization in the field than the BA.

Three skulls.

Anthropology Minor

Compliment your major with a foundation for understanding the diversity of our world.

Prepare for a global workplace

With a hands-on approach to learning, the anthropology program at Missouri State provides a holistic approach to the study of humans.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.


Discover what anthropology means

Explore the characteristics and major fields of study of anthropology.

Careers and Outcomes

Develop the skills for a global career. A degree in anthropology is a great foundation for careers in government organizations, community outreach, archival work and more.