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Anthropology

Bachelor of Science Degree (coming in fall 2017)

The University of Central Missouri offers a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology degree. This program allows students to receive a traditional four-field degree in Anthropology and to focus on one of four areas: archaeology and cultural resource management, cultural anthropology and ethnography, physical anthropology and forensics, or museum professionalism.

Anthropology is the holistic study of humanity in all places and all times. Anthropology’s basic goal is to explore and describe the nature of humans as evolving, cultural beings. In the global system of today, anthropology helps you become more than an intellectual tourist who is isolated from others, but instead someone eager and able to contribute to the rich diversity of the rapidly changing works.

Why Choose Anthropology at UCM:

All three Anthropology faculty members are active anthropologists engaged in research and field work. The faculty believe in holistic advising and work closely with students. Anthropology students can depend on mentoring even after their graduation.

What Will I Study:   
The B.S. in Anthropology program is a four-field undergraduate degree with opportunities for fieldwork, original research, and laboratory experience.

Courses include:

  • Physical Anthropology
  • World Archaeology
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Anthropology of Gender
  • Study Tour of London
  • Historical Archaeology
  • North American Indian
  • Museum Studies

What can I do with a degree in History?

Although most anthropologists and archeologists work in an office, some analyze samples in laboratories or work in the field. They typically work in research organizations, colleges and universities, museums, consulting firms, private corporations, and government. Fieldwork in remote areas usually requires travel for extended periods. Anthropology is expected to grow at a rate of 19% from 2012-2022, faster than all other occupations. Professionals in anthropology work as:

  • Forensic scientists in law enforcement
  • Investigators in fields such as journalism, law, insurance, and social services working for not-for-profit and non-governmental organizations
  • Linguists and specialists in teaching a second language
  • Museum curators and cultural resource management specialists

How can I get involved outside the classroom?
Anthropology is a discipline constantly focused on working in the field, whether with archaeological specimens in field schools and excavations, or doing ethnographic interviews among chosen populations, serving as a museum intern or working in the lab. All UCM Anthropology students are encouraged to do some field-based coursework, and, for our Anthropology majors such field-based experience is required.

Anthropology Club is a free organization open to all students of anthropology and alumni of UCM’s Anthropology program. The club meets monthly for films, guest speakers, student presentations, and an annual field trip. Anthropology Club is recognized by the American Anthropological Association, and it’s also a member of Lambda Alpha, the national honor society for anthropology.

About our faculty:
The student to faculty ratio is 20 to 1, which allows professors to get to know students and provide personalized attention.
Anthropology classes at UCM are taught by dynamic, experienced and nationally recognized faculty members who provide personalized attention for each student. These faculty members bring diverse training and work experiences to the classroom and are actively engaged in research in a variety of settings.

Learn more about Anthropology at UCM. Check out our Anthropology Student Handbook online:
https://www.ucmo.edu/hist-anth/undergrad/anthropology.cfm

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