The Anthropology Program offers an anthropology major (BA/BS), anthropology minor, archaeology minor, and undergraduate certificate in archaeology. We support all four fields and applied anthropology. Students gain first-hand experience through participation in faculty research, methods courses, lab courses, internships, archaeological field courses, and ethnographic field courses in the U.S. and in other countries. The university offers study abroad, campus exchange, summer language, internship, and service-learning opportunities. Anthropology participates in an interdisciplinary major in Global Studies and interdisciplinary minors in Diversity, Folklore, Gender, Linguistics, Museum, Sustainability, Asian, African and African American, Japanese, Native American, and Latin American, Caribbean and Hispanic Studies. The program is housed in an excellent building with teaching and research labs.
An internship is an option for majors and minors. Many anthropology students complete social service, museum, archival, and/or archaeological internships locally, elsewhere in Missouri, and in other states.
Students who qualify for federal work study are frequently employed by anthropology faculty as undergraduate research and teaching assistants. In some cases, faculty use grant funds to hire student research assistants and archaeological field technicians.
The Center for Archaeological Research (CAR) is a self-supporting unit conducting cultural resources management research in the Midwest since 1975. CAR has a separate building with offices, lab, and curation space. The state headquarters for the Missouri Archaeological Society is also located at MSU. Geology and Geography share resources including geophysical and x-ray fluorescence instruments.
Two general education courses (ANT 100 World Cultures and ANT 125 Exploring Our Human Ancestry) and at least one anthropology elective course are offered online each semester, including summer.