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Is Anthropology Right for You?

Have you dreamed of traveling to far-off lands? Are you fascinated by past civilizations? Do you wonder where humans came from?

If so, anthropology is for you! Anthropology is the study of what makes us human. Anthropologists integrate perspectives from the social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities to understand the diverse ways in which people have lived, died, and solved the common problems of human existence from the ancient past to the present day.

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4research laboratories
14Garnett's greater bushbabies
11historical cemeteries mapped since 2010

What Will I Learn?

As an anthropology major, you can learn to answer questions like:

  • How can you know where someone grew up by looking at teeth?
  • How did Mississippians live ten thousand years ago?
  • How do our words shape how we understand the world?
  • How did we evolve to develop obesity?
  • How does studying non-human primates help us understand ourselves?
  • Why are initiation rituals for men often more strenuous than for women?
  • How can we identify and resolve cultural misunderstandings?

Expert Faculty Who Are There to Help

We are a small program that prides itself on working closely with students. In labs, the classroom, summer field schools, independent research, and internships we always make time to help you prepare for your future. Faculty will work with you to develop analytical, communicative, and practical skills that you can use throughout your life.


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Anthropology BAHattiesburg
Anthropology Minor.

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School of Social Science and Global Studies

Liberal Arts Building (LAB 411)
Hattiesburg, MS 39406 


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  • Cultural Resource Management
  • Foreign Service Officer
  • User Experience (UX) Researcher
  • Crime Scene Analyst (forensic anthropologist)
  • Museum or Zoo Curator
  • Archaeologist
  • Jennifer Clark, 2001
    Event Planner, Emerge Events
  • Haley Streuding, 2007
    Archaeologist and Project Manager, Coastal Environments, Inc.
  • Julie Castillo, 2008
    Investigator at U.S. Department of Labor
  • Steven Kidd, 1997
    Cultural Resource Specialist/Archeologist at National Park Service
  • Heide McKenzie, 2004
    Archaeologist and Environmental Specialist, Geographic Information Systems, Camp Shelby
  • Barbara McClendon, 2012
    Exhibits Curator at Mississippi Department of Archives and History