Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MA in Anthropology

The master's degree program in anthropology prepares students for advanced work in anthropology through courses focusing on the study of culture. Students learn how to use participant-observation field work methods, as well as comparative and holistic knowledge and research methods. Areas of emphasis are advanced training in sociocultural anthropology; culture, health and bioethics; and transnationalism and globalization. Course work progresses from core courses to more advanced courses and culminates in a thesis or a project.

An accelerated master's option is available to students in the bachelor's program.  See Anthropology, BA/Anthropology, Accelerated MA for specific requirements.

Satisfactory Progress

According to university policy, students may be terminated if they fail to achieve satisfactory progress toward their degree. Students in the MA in anthropology degree program are judged as having failed to achieve satisfactory progress toward their degree for the following reasons:

  • two consecutive semesters in which academic warning appear on their transcript
  • failure to successfully complete ANTH 535, ANTH 536, and ANTH 650 within 4 semesters of first enrolling as degree-seeking students in the MA in anthropology program
  • failure to enroll in graduate coursework in anthropology for 2 consecutive semesters, unless there are compelling reason for not having done so

Like all academic policies, these provisions take effect with the publication of this catalog and apply to all graduate students in the MA in anthropology regardless of their calendar year.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

Students with previously conferred graduate degrees may request a reduction of credit. Reductions of credit may not exceed six elective credits and no reductions will be given for required core courses. Evaluation of a previously conferred graduate degree for reduction of credit is not automatic and students must request this review in their first semester of matriculation in the master's program.

Four required core courses (12 credits)

ANTH 535 - Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar I  Credits: 3

ANTH 536 - Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar II Credits: 3

ANTH 650 - Methods in Anthropology Credits: 3

ANTH 798 - Thesis or Project Proposal Credits: 3

Elective courses (15 credits)

Electives should be advanced courses in anthropology chosen in consultation with an advisor.  Students can choose to focus their electives around an emphasis in these four areas: advanced training in sociocultural anthropology; culture, health and bioethics; museums and anthropology; or transnational and global issues. Up to six credits may be from other disciplines with the prior written approval of the graduate director.

Students may take ANTH 690 - Internship Credits: 3-6 as elective credit. An internship can serve as a primary field research site for the thesis.

Thesis (3 credits) or Research Project (3 credits)

Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in ANTH 799, maintain continuous enrollment. These policies are specified in the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

ANTH 796 - Master's Research Project Credits: 1-6
ANTH 799 - Master's Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 30 credits

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