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.


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.

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

Three skulls.

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.

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.