General Description / Special Programs

Program strengths in archaeology include the origins of agriculture and pastoralism, ethnoarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, zooarchaeology, geoarchaeology, and the prehistory of North America, Central Asia, East Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. The overall focus of the sociocultural subfield is culture and political economy, which encompasses the study of nation-building and local identities, political ecology, political economy of development, postcolonialism, and the political economy of health. Sociocultural faculty have active research projects in Africa, Indonesia, India, Central Asia, Latin America, North America, the Middle East, Europe, and Tibet. The biological anthropologists have a program emphasis in human evolution, primate behavior, ecology and evolution, quantitative studies of morphology and genetics, with ongoing paleontological, behavioral, and ecological field research in Africa, Madagascar, Europe, and South America. The department is actively expanding its program for training and research in medical anthropology, and applications from qualified students are encouraged. Strong links with academic and clinical programs at the medical school permit the development of integrated medical anthropology research projects, which draw upon the resources and strengths of the University and the community.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA major
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Current requirements are 34 units of course work in anthropology, including 3 required introductory courses and 24 units of upper level course work. The Global Health and Environment track within the major requires completion of the required courses for the anthropology major and additional required and elective courses within the track for a total of 34 units.
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements 36 units course work or 30 units with thesis
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Phd Requirements 60 units course work; directed research, culminating in a dissertation acceptable to the student's doctoral committee, foreign languages and exams as designated by the committee
Other Degree Field Areas
Global Health and Environment BA
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Graduate students who are accepted into the PhD program receive support from a combination of fellowships and teaching assistantships for up to six (6) years, assuming continued high academic standing. The department does not accept students for a terminal MA.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Modern research facilities in the department include well-equipped teaching and research labs in archaeology, zooarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, paleoanthropology, geoarchaeology, GIS methods, African archaeology/ethnoarchaeology, primate behavior, primate genetics/genomics, and human physiology, reproductive ecology and behavioral endocrinology.

Library Resources The Libraries house more than 3.6 million books, journals, and other print materials; 2.5 million microforms; 50,000 AV titles; and have access to more than 65,000 electronic journals, and more than 500,000 e-books. The collections are comprised of materials in a number of languages; after English, the top languages collected are German, Spanish, French, and Chinese.
Certs Offered 0
Interdisciplinary research is enhanced by the involvement of anthropology faculty in several on-campus institutes and programs, including the Program in American Culture Studies, African and African-American Studies, the Environmental Studies Program, the Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Program, the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, the Archaeology Program, and the Division of Infectious Diseases in the School of Medicine. The department also has close research ties to the School of Medicine, the Institute of Public Health at the G.W. Brown School of Social Work, and the Missouri Botanical Garden (one of the world's great herbaria), and the St. Louis Zoo.
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
January 1
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 0
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1