The department of anthropology at MU is a leader in evolutionary anthropology, with an integrative program in Human Adaptation, Ecology, & Evolution. Core areas include demography, ecological and environmental anthropology, ethnobiology, evolutionary archaeology, archaeometry, human behavioral ecology, genetics, human variation, and biomedical anthropology. Cross-cutting research links include cooperation and conflict, epidemiology, evolution of culture and intelligence, human interactions with plants and animals, life history and child development, religion, and hominid evolution. Our department has strong interdisciplinary ties with the MU Departments of Biological Sciences, the MU Research Reactor, MU School of Health-Related Professions, the College of Engineering and the MU Medical School. The graduate program provides rigorous coursework in combination with hands-on field and laboratory research experience. All degree programs emphasize a scientific approach with emphasis on ecology and evolutionary theory.
Teaching, research, student assistantships, fellowships, and scholarships are available to qualified students on a competitive basis.
Museum of Anthropology: A teaching, research, and outreach facility. It is the only anthropology museum in the state of Missouri and one of a few in the Midwest. It has the largest holding of prehistoric Missouri artifacts in the world and includes millions of items dating from 9,000 B.C. to modern times. Collections of archaeological and ethnographic materials are available for use by faculty, students, and other qualified researchers (anthromuseum.missouri.edu). Museum of Art & Archaeology: Museological opportunities in classical and medieval archaeology, art, and Museum Studies graduate minor available through MU Museum of Art & Archaeology (maa.missouri.edu). Archaeometry Lab at the MU Research Reactor: Analytical equipment, computing facilities, reference collections, and databases useful for sourcing obsidian, pottery, chert and basalt are available at MURR. Capabilities include neutron activation analysis, x-ray fluorescence, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (with laser ablation) (archaeometry.missouri.edu/information.html). MU GIS graduate certificate provides a thorough background in GIS analysis and database management (geography.missouri.edu/grad/graduate-gis-program).