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.
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:
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.
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.
ANTH 650 - Methods in Anthropology Credits: 3
ANTH 798 - Thesis or Project Proposal Credits: 3
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.
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.