Anthropology (M.A.)

Master of Arts. Major in Anthropology.

Candidates must fulfill the requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and of the Department of Sociology & Anthropology. See the College of Graduate Studies section for the general requirements applicable to each M.A. degree.

Thesis Option.

Course work will include either 30 credits plus a foreign language proficiency examination or 36 credits and no foreign language requirement. Students who as undergraduates did not take at least one course in each of the four subfields of anthropology and a course in statistics will be asked to do so (in consultation with an advisor) at the beginning of their graduate programs. No graduate credit will be awarded for courses taken to satisfy such deficiencies. Graduate students must demonstrate competence in each of the four subfields of anthropology. The thesis option M.A. core along with the expected undergraduate preparation (or courses taken as deficiencies as a graduate student) are designed for this purpose. Thesis students complete the core courses, supporting fields electives, the anthropology electives, and the thesis credits.

ANTH 420Anthropological History and Theory3
ANTH 500Master's Research and Thesis6-10
ANTH 511Human Evolution3
ANTH 521Contemporary Issues in Anthropological Theory3
ANTH 530Introduction to Archaeological Method and Theory3
ANTH 516Qualitative Social Science Methods3
or ANTH 517 Social Data Analysis
Select up to 6 credits of electives in supporting fields0-6
Total Hours21-31

Both the 30- and 36-credit M.A. program must include at least 6 but no more than 10 thesis credits, although more than 10 credits of ANTH 500 may be taken. A minimum of 18 credits must be at the 500 level. Anthropology courses must be at the 400 or 500 level (cross-listed 400-leve/500-level courses must be taken at the 500-level), while supporting courses can include 300 level. No more than 12 credits can be transferred from other institutions and an official copy of the student's transcripts from each institution must be on file in the Registrar's Office. Such institutions must have a graduate program and the work taken for graduate credit.

Note: Students who have already received credit for any core course or an equivalent will not need to retak it, but will substitute appropriate courses with approval from their advisor.

Non-thesis option.

Course work will include either 30 credits plus a foreign language (or language other than the student’s native language) proficiency examination or 36 credits and no foreign language requirement. Students who as undergraduates did not take at least one course in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology and a course in statistics will be required to do so in consultation with an advisor at the beginning of their graduate programs. In general, no graduate credit will be awarded for courses taken to satisfy such deficiencies. Non-thesis students complete the core courses, a field school or internship, supporting fields electives, anthropology electives, non-thesis credits, and select one subfield emphasis.

ANTH 420Anthropological History and Theory3
ANTH 521Contemporary Issues in Anthropological Theory3
ANTH 599Non-thesis Master's Research1-5
Select up to 6 credits of electives in supporting fields0-6
ANTH 516Qualitative Social Science Methods3
or ANTH 517 Social Data Analysis
Select up to 6 credits in Field School or Internship:0-6
Anthropological Field Methods
Internship
Non-Thesis Subfield
Select one non-thesis Subfield:6
Physical Anthropology
Human Evolution
Human Races
Archaeology
Introduction to Archaeological Method and Theory
Select one of the following:3
Archaeological Lab Techniques
Historical Artifact Analysis
Lithic Technology
Cultural Anthropology
Social and Political Organization
Human Issues in International Development
Total Hours19-35

A minimum of 18 credits must be at the 500 level. Anthropology courses must be at 400 or 500 levels (cross-listed 400-level/500-level courses must be taken at the 500-level), while supporting courses can include 300 level. No more than 12 credits can be transferred from other institutions and an official copy of the student’s transcripts from each institution must be on file in the Registrar’s Office. Such institutions must have a graduate program and the work taken for graduate credit.

Note: Students who have already received credit for any core course or an equivalent, except for the field school or internship, will not need to retake it, but will substitute appropriate courses with approval from their advisor.