Swallow Hall, a 19th Century Gothic Building,
home of the Department of Anthropology

About Us

Our Department
Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at the University of Missouri. We are part of the College of Arts and Science on the flagship campus of the University of Missouri. Our university is the oldest public land grant institution west of the Mississippi, a member of the AAU, and the highest category of research universities, RU/VH.  

Our department emphasizes scientific approaches to the study of human biology, behavior, and culture -- across the globe and deep into prehistory.  Our faculty rank in the top 15 nationwide for research productivity by the National Research Council, and include a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and multiple AAAS fellows. We strive to be a friendly, exciting, and fun place for students, staff, and faculty.

Our faculty conducts research that integrates human health, prehistory, demography, anatomy, social systems and cultural traditions, making contributions to both scholarly thought and policy at the international, national, and state levels.

The department delivers instruction to a broad cross-section of the campus, including students in health-related professions, life sciences, business, and education. Our undergraduate programs offer degrees in the College of Arts and Science.

At the graduate level, we offer M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in anthropology. Our students have gone on to successful careers in government, private industry, and academia. Many have achieved national and international prominence.

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