Anthropology is the study of the human condition. It examines the sociocultural, archaeological, linguistic and biological aspects of humans. Saint Louis University's anthropology program offers you a choice of rigorous social science tracks focused on three subfields: sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology and archeology.

Anthropology students at SLU

Major in Anthropology

SLU anthropology students gain practical applied experience as undergraduates through fieldwork opportunities and independent research projects, and they make connections with the larger anthropological community through internships, study abroad opportunities and a senior capstone project.

Fieldwork in SLU's anthropology program takes place within and outside the United States, allowing students to experience other societies firsthand and gain a greater appreciation for cultural difference.

Students majoring in anthropology at Saint Louis University can choose from three emphasis areas, each of which offers lab courses that provide hands-on learning:

  • Cultural/social anthropology: the study of human cultures in the present or recent past
  • Physical/biological anthropology: the study of humans from a biological and evolutionary perspective
  • Archeology: the study of the ancient and recent human past through excavation, analysis and interpretation of material remains

SLU’s Archeology Lab provides an excellent workspace for you to explore and contribute to the science of archeology. Each semester, the lab provides hands-on opportunities for students to explore prehistoric and historic lithics, ceramics and other materials and to develop student-initiated research projects.

The Urban Lab makes the city of St. Louis your classroom. Through coursework, internships and field schools, you’ll have the chance to conduct original research on urban culture, inequality and development.  


SLU’s undergraduate major in anthropology requires 37 credit hours divided between 22 credit hours of required courses and 15 credit hours of elective courses. Of the 15 elective credit hours, at least 12 must be taken at the 3000 or 4000 level.

  • SOC 1200: Introduction to Anthropology
  • SOC 2000: Research Methods
  • SOC 2200: Cultural Anthropology
  • SOC 2210-01: Biological Anthropology
  • SOC 2210-36: Biological Anthropology Lab
  • SOC 2240: Introduction to Archeology
  • SOC 3200: Contemporary Anthropological Theory
  • SOC 4870: Senior Project/Capstone in Anthropology
Internships and Careers

SLU's anthropology graduates are prepared to successfully function in an interconnected world. The major and minor degrees in anthropology are designed to complement any other major at SLU. If you major in anthropology at SLU, you might consider the following careers:

  • Archaeological technician
  • Corporate anthropologist / market research
  • The Foreign Services
  • Preservation assistant
  • Documentary filmmaker
  • International development
  • Mission organizer

SLU’s renowned anthropology faculty members hold the highest degrees attainable in their fields. Not only do they teach the courses required for the anthropology major and minor, but they also actively participate in research and fieldwork of their own.

Minor in Anthropology

SLU’s minor in anthropology allows you to explore race and ethnicity, inequality, American Indian studies, environmental anthropology, contemporary urbanism, health, archeology, primate social behavior and forensic anthropology. It also provides a background in basic anthropological theory and social science methodology. The minor in anthropology complements a variety of other majors at SLU.

Student Organizations

Join the Anthropology Club

Our anthropology program also supports an active Anthropology Club, and we house the Eta Chapter of Lambda Alpha, the National Anthropology Honor Society. Both organizations are engaged in numerous outreach programs at SLU and within the greater St. Louis community.