UMSL offers paid undergraduate positions such as biological teaching lab or faculty research assistants, Center for Human Origin and Cultural Diversity lab teachers, and staff interns at the St. Louis Art Museum or elsewhere.
The University of Missouri–St.Louis Department of Anthropology grants students a chance to travel extensively. Our faculty can take you on a trip around the world; they have done fieldwork in Nigeria, Peru, Hong Kong, Greece, China, Papua New Guinea, Mexico and more. In addition to outstanding, well-traveled faculty, the program provides a rigorous but enjoyable educational experience. The undergraduate degree in anthropology is one of few U.S. anthropology degree programs where students conduct original research, culminating in a faculty presentation and a 30–50, page thesis. This provides unparalleled experience and preparation for graduate school. The program is one of only two in the St. Louis area.
UMSL's Department of Anthropology provides skills and training for 21st century leaders to assess and develop the needs and interests of all people in a community. The Department of Anthropology teaches anthropology courses, serves, researches, and is skilled in the application of cultural theories to achieve practical solutions to community problems. In this manner, UMSL ultimately seeks to provide an intellectually fertile environment for community-based research that will address St. Louis' critical issues and have broader implications on the global society.
In addition to learning about our primate relatives and human evolution, students play the forensic gumshoe examining fossil casts of human ancestors, and using skeletal remains to solve ancient crimes. Students have unraveled ancient mysteries in archaeological digs of Native American, Greek, Chinese, African-American and Byzantine cultures. The program offers valuable hands-on archeology experience excavations in millennium-old Mesoamerican life (Nayarit, Mexico), as well as ancient Paleoindian (Cahokia Mounds, Ill.), and Mycenaean (Iklaina, Greece) civilizations. Closer to home, University of Missouri–St. Louis' archaeology lab offers one of the biggest artifact collections in the Eastern Missouri area, spanning from the present back to the Paleoindian era.
The University of Missouri–St. Louis is the largest public research university located in Missouri's most populous and economically important region. Founded in 1963, we enroll nearly 17,000 students, and we are home to more than 1,400 faculty members.