The science of humanity

Nurture skills in cross-cultural awareness, critical thinking and analysis, teamwork, and communication. If you minor in anthropology, you will study human beings and their ancestors, with classes incorporating the natural sciences, the humanities and the social sciences. Anthropology encompasses many interests, and you may select courses such as Religion; Society and Culture; Urban Life; Non-Western Societies; and Social and Cultural Theory.
Why study Anthropology at Millsaps?

In their own words

Jordan Osborn, Class of 2026

“From exploring the ruins of past civilizations at Millsaps’ own archaeological project in Yucatan to touring correctional facilities, the Sociology & Anthropology Department takes students into new environments. I plan to go to law school with MAJOR confidence in myself.”

Featured Courses

Here is a sampling of a few courses that might pique your interest.

SOAN 2020 Myths and Fraud in Archeology
Pyramids, Ancient Aliens, and Lost Cities: Myths and Frauds in Archeology examines ancient mysteries and the pseudoscientific theories that non-archeologists develop to explain these mysteries.
SOAN 3210 Urban Life
A critical anthropological and sociological examination of the theoretical and empirical literature on the social structure. Examine the culture of urban life, the development of cities and the factors making cities more livable.

Degree Options

Discover your degrees, minors, concentrations and certification options available for this field of study.

Minor in Anthropology
An anthropology minor prepares students for jobs and numerous career paths. The study of humans provides a better understanding of both human cultural and biological origins as well as diversity.
Self-Designed Major
Design a major to best fit your personality, career goals and specific educational needs. The self-designed major is a customized major that you design, working closely with appropriate faculty. Create your own anthropology major.


Our curriculum emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills essential to any career (and therefore any Pathway), as well as scientific writing and experimentation skills that may be especially critical to students interested in any of our six Pathways tracks.

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