What will I learn?

What is Anthropology:

Anthropology is the study of humans. As a discipline, we integrate science, social science, and humanities perspectives to holistically understand what it means to be human. Individuals and societies are complex and dynamic, which means anthropology covers a lot of ground—including evolutionary origins, material artifacts, socio-cultural practices, language, worldviews, and cultural change over time. Anthropology explores human variation from its origins to the present.

What are the features of Miami’s program:

Practical experience

Miami's program emphasizes innovative course experiences, critical engagement with materials, faculty mentoring, and hands-on skill development in a variety of research design and methods.

Intensive classes

For majors courses, there are no more than 30 students in each class, and some have as few as 12.

Lab experience

Students can work in research laboratories, including access to extensive skeletal and archaeological collections.

What courses would I take:

Our curriculum is designed to foster student curiosity in the field, with over 30 upper level courses so that students can dive deep into their own interests in topics like artifact management, medicine, narrative, politics, primate behavior, and religion, or into world regions like Latin America, Native America, South Asia or the Middle East. Students also gain holistic training in the discipline with core courses that include labs to build skills in each of anthropology's four sub-fields:

Archaeology which explores human societies' past and present. Through survey and excavation, material science, and cultural traditions, archaeologists piece together how the past informs humanity's present.

Socio-cultural anthropology which studies and compares what people do, why and how they do things, what meaning they give to their actions, and what structural conditions shape local practices. Sociocultural anthropologists use ethnography and mixed methods in order to better understand and appreciate human diversity.

Biological anthropology investigates how evolutionary processes and environmental contexts affect the human body and its possibilities. It notably includes primatology, the study of non-human primates. Biological anthropologists examine anatomical, physiological, and behavioral variation to better understand human evolutionary heritage and potential.

Linguistic anthropology examines language and communicative practices as central to human coordination and interaction. Linguistic anthropologists detail how communicative practices within cultural settings define and narrate central human concerns with processes such as identity, power, and social change.

What can I do with this major:

Miami Anthropology students develop a wealth of transferrable skills grounded in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Because of this, our majors are recognized as having distinctive training that is well-suited for dealing with people and problems in diverse career fields. Some enter graduate school for M.A. and/or Ph.D. training in anthropology, museum studies, public health, medicine, and other disciplines. Some head for service-oriented work for 1-2 years with influential organizations, such as Teach for America, Peace Corps, Food Corps, and City Year.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (124 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$37,379.12 per year
Instructional Fee: USD $13,790.16; Non-Resident Surcharge: USD $20,674.80; General Fee: USD $2,714.16; Career Development Fee: USD $200

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 February 2022

Start date

24 January 2022


College of Arts and Science

143 Upham Hall,



45056, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements accepted: TOEFL with a minimum score of 550; Pearson Test of English(PTE) with a overall score of 53.

For international students

Completion of formal secondary education in a pre-university curriculum

This education must culminate in the award of a diploma or the issuance of a leaving certificate or matriculation certificate generally recognized as the educational qualification necessary for admission to higher studies.

English Language Requirements:

To be considered for direct admission into an undergraduate (bachelor's) degree program at Miami University, international students whose native language is not English should have earned the following minimum scores:


Internet-based: 80

Paper-based: 550

IELTS (and IELTS Indicator) - Overall band: 6.5

Duolingo English Test - Overall score: 110

PTE Academic - Overall Score: 53

Application deadline: Feb/01 for fall; Dec/01 for spring.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Miami University

Students who are driven to achieve the highest quality education will be given every tool to succeed at Miami University.

  • Diverse selection of quality study programs available
  • Above-average graduate salaries and employment rates
  • Modern, well-maintained facilities cater to every need
  • Many internship and study-abroad opportunities

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