Anthropology at UMSL

Anthropology Programs

  •  BA Anthropology
  •  Certificate in Archaeology
  •  Certificate in Greek Studies

Career Opportunities

  •  Archaeologist
  •  Forensic Anthropologist
  •  Government Service
  •  Teacher

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.

What UMSL has to offer

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 MissouriSt. Louis' archaeology lab offers one of the biggest artifact collections in the Eastern Missouri area, spanning from the present back to the Paleoindian era.

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UMSL At A Glance

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.

47 UMSL offers 47 undergraduate degrees from our five colleges.
6We have six 
pre-professional degree tracks.
400+We partner with more than 400 companies and organizations for our internship programs, and nearly 40 different employers conduct on-campus interviews to help you jump-start your career.
St. Louis: Something For Everyone
UMSL is a vital part of St. Louis, and the city and surrounding areas make up the most culturally vibrant region in Missouri. That means we offer you more than a top-ranked learning environment.
There's a night out with friends on Washington Avenue. An exhibit opening at the Saint Louis Zoo. A home run celebration at Busch Stadium. St. Louis is a place where you can be you.