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Please note that as of Fall 2021, the department will not be accepting new students into the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology program.

What is Anthropology?

Anthropology is the study of human culture and human biology, past and present.  While there are many different fields that focus on humans, anthropology is unique in its holistic, evolutionary, and comparative perspectives.  Today’s anthropologists is often trained in sociocultural anthropology, biological/physical anthropology, archaeology, and linguistic anthropology, but often integrate one or more of these subfields in their professional lives. 

Why anthropology?

Anthropologists contribute to understanding ourselves and others, and they may tackle some of the world’s most pressing problems. Because of anthropological research, lives are being saved through better quality health and medicine, heritages and languages are being preserved, environmental resources are managed more effectively, products and services are better designed, gender consciousness is advancing, and victims of war crimes and disasters are being identified.  You can find anthropologists throughout the world.  Anthropologists are employed in universities, government agencies, museums, corporations and non-profits.  An undergraduate degree in anthropology can open many kinds of doors.  If understanding and working with people is your passion, consider a major in anthropology.  For more information on anthropology, visit the website for the American Anthropological Association

Why the UMSL Anthropology and Archaeology Program?

Our program is small and dedicated to undergraduates.  Faculty members work with majors to build 21st century skills like critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, leadership, flexibility, and communication. While sharpening these skills, you gain a better understanding of the diverse people who live in the St. Louis region, the nation, and the world, by taking anthropology courses.  Research opportunities and internships are available to help you gain first-hand experiences and to open new networks.  Our undergraduates have presented their work at international conferences, the Capital at Jefferson City, the St. Louis Undergraduate Research Symposium, and UMSL's Undergraduate Research Symposium.  As our graduates have found out, the opportunities in the UMSL anthropology program will well prepare you to keep pace with the fast-changing dynamics of globalization.  Some are seeking advanced degrees in anthropology while others are working on professional degrees such as law or public policy.  We have graduates are currently working in fields associated with food insecurity, K-12 education, health, museums, cultural resource management, and two have started their own non-profits. 

For more details about our program, please review the other data presented on the website and feel free to contact us at 314-516-6020.

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