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.
Major in Anthropology
Students in SLU's Department of Sociology and Anthropology gain practical applied experience as undergraduates through fieldwork opportunities
and independent research projects, and 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 you to experience other societies firsthand and gain a greater appreciation
for cultural difference.
If you major in anthropology at Saint Louis University, you will 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
Physical/biological anthropology: the study of humans from a biological and evolutionary
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.
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
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.
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