B.A. in Anthropology
Study human life and culture throughout time and across the world.
By enrolling in the anthropology program at the University of Mississippi, you'll study society and culture of the past and present. The four-field discipline includes archaeology, bioanthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.
Become a global citizen through the multi-disciplinary and critical thinking skills to better understand our globally connected and diverse world. Develop skills in observation, analysis, research, communications, and interacting with people from all cultures--all skills that employers seek. The Center for Archaeological Research is a hub of research activity and training in research design and excavating methods (remote sensing & traditional methods), teamwork, and artifact analysis.
A liberal arts education empowers and prepares graduates to deal with complexity and change through a broad knowledge of the world. They gain key skills in communication, problem-solving, and working with a diverse group of people. Careers related to anthropology include archaeology, impact assessment, museum technology, education, law, forensics, and more. The top economic sectors of our anthropology alumni are: higher education, business/finance, STEM, government, arts/media/communication, and healthcare.
The anthropology curriculum integrates traditional classroom courses with hands-on courses, and a range of field schools. Archaeological fieldwork is conducted on sites in Virginia and Mississippi where students learn remote sensing applications as well as more traditional excavation methodology. Students may also travel to a social science research methods field school located in Bolivia.
B.A. in Anthropology Faculty
Faculty in the University of Mississippi's Department of Sociology and Anthropology cover all the subfields of anthropology. Some hold joint appointments with the Croft Institute for International Studies or the Center for the Study of Southern Culture.
A major in anthropology for the B.A. degree requires 30 semester hours, including Anth 303, 304, 305, and 409, and a total of 6 hours selected from the following methods courses: Anth 320, 335, 344, 375, 390, 391, 392, 393, 405, 406, 407, 408, 412, 413, and 419
Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology program are the same as the UM undergraduate admission requirements.
Grace (2015) was involved in the Holly Springs Craft House project where she consulted archival documentation to find contextual evidence of antebellum daily life at an urban slave dwelling. She dug for artifacts to give clues about the daily habits and foodways of the slaves who lived behind the Hugh Craft House, and gave presentations to school groups as part of the Behind the Big House tour in Marshall County, MS. Grace also earned her M.A. in anthropology at UM, and her career plans include marketing and business development because "the skills gained in my graduate program are easily applicable across many fields." Why study anthropology at UM? "The department of anthropology and sociology together - is unique because of the professors and the curriculum. Additionally, all areas of anthropology are celebrated by the professors. They have the knowledge and experience to guide students from the beginning of their college career to graduation and beyond. Their care and attention is incredible."
Join the Lamba Alpha National Collegiate honors society or the Anthropology Club.