BA in Anthropology
Degree Program Description
Anthropology is the study of humans and human experience, past and present. Anthropology emphasizes scientific approaches to the study of human biology, behavior, culture, and evolution. Anthropology majors are required to take core courses in all three focal areas of the discipline (archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology) but may concentrate in one or more of these fields. Students have opportunities to become involved in research, helping them develop creativity, enhance critical thinking skills, solve problems and improve their writing. Undergraduate training in anthropology also prepares students for work in government (both in the United States and abroad), museum positions, and field positions in archaeology, ethnography, human paleontology, or forensics. It may also provide students with the opportunity to enter graduate school leading towards an academic career teaching and conducting anthropological research at a college or university. A degree in anthropology also provides students with the background to pursue careers in business, journalism, health care, law, and many other fields.
Major Program Requirements
In addition to college foundation requirements and University graduation requirements, such as general education, all anthropology students are required to complete the following core courses (15 credits):
|ANTHRO 2020||Fundamentals of Archaeology with Laboratory||4|
|or ANTHRO 2021|
& ANTHRO 2022
| Fundamentals of Archaeology|
and Fundamentals of Archaeology Lab
|ANTHRO 2030||Cultural Anthropology||3|
|ANTHRO 2050||Introduction to Biological Anthropology with Laboratory||5|
|or ANTHRO 2051|
& ANTHRO 2052
| Introduction to Biological Anthropology|
and Biological Anthropology Laboratory
|ANTHRO 4990||Capstone Seminar in Anthropology||3|
ANTHRO 4990 Capstone Seminar in Anthropology must be completed even if a student completes an additional major in another department. Some departments waive this requirement for students completing a double major. Students with second majors should check with the other department to see if they are required to complete both capstone courses.
A minimum of five additional Anthropology courses (at least 15 credits) are required for the major. These courses must be distributed as follows:
|Two additional courses of student's choice||2 courses|
Explanation about the distribution of departmental courses among these three categories is available at https://anthropology.missouri.edu/sites/default/files/undergrad-files/undergrad_brochure_2015.pdf
The choice of area, topical-theoretical and methods courses is guided by the student's individual interests and goals, and is selected in consultation with the advisor. With the consent of the student's advisor and the director of undergraduate studies, the methods/techniques or area requirements may be fulfilled by suitable courses outside anthropology. If this requirement is satisfied by a course outside anthropology, an additional anthropology course is selected to complete the 30 credits required in anthropology.
Students may also complete the methods requirement by gaining hands-on experience doing anthropological research. This experience will normally begin with ANTHRO 2950 Research Skills in Anthropology, an introduction to the methods used by one or more faculty members. This course will satisfy the methods requirement if a student enrolls in it for at least 3 credits. A student may independently choose a faculty mentor and arrange for course credit or can work with the department's undergraduate research coordinator, who will match the student's interests with those of one or more faculty members.
Students wishing to continue doing research of an independent nature may register for ANTHRO 4950 Undergraduate Research in Anthropology. Prior approval by the director of undergraduate studies is required to use these courses to satisfy the departmental methods requirement. Honors Research may be used to satisfy the requirements for an Honors BA with a major in Anthropology, but the course is not required for that degree. Specific requirements for the Honors BA are described below.
Because of the interdisciplinary nature of anthropology, the Department of Anthropology strongly recommends that all students complete a cluster of at least two or three courses that complement chosen courses within the major.
These courses may be offered by a single department or may be a related set of courses from several departments (e.g., courses in ancient history from both the Art History and Archaeology and the History departments). The courses should be chosen with the advisor and are intended to provide background in the content of other disciplines related to the student's anthropological focus. Fulfillment of a formal minor (15 credits in another department as approved by that department) or a second major (at least 30 credits in another department as approved by that department) can also be an effective way to gain expertise in related areas.
Below is a sample plan of study, semester by semester. A student's actual plan may vary based on course choices where options are available.
|ANTHRO 2030^||3||ANTHRO 2020^||4|
|ENGLSH 1000*||3||MATH 1100||3|
|HIST 1100 or POL_SC 1100*||3||Behavioral science course*||3|
|Foreign language 1*||5||Foreign language 2*||5|
|Anthropology topics course^||3||ANTHRO 2050^||5|
|Foreign language 3*||3||Laboratory science*||2|
|Science course*||3||Behavioral science (upper level)*||3|
|Social science course*||3||Humanities course*||3|
|Anthropology elective^||3||Anthropology methods course^||3-5|
|Anthropology area course^||3||WI course*||3|
|Science course (if needed)*||3||Humanities (upper level)*||3|
|Social science (upper level)*||3||Related field course (recommended)^||3|
|Anthropology elective^||3||Capstone Seminar in Anthropology (WI)^*||3|
|Related field course (recommended)^||3||Related field course (recommended)^||3|
|Total Credits: 123-127|
Course meets University general education and/or campus graduation requirements.
Course meets degree program requirements.
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Major and Career Exploration
The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.
- If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
- If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success Center. No appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.