M.A. in Anthropology
Anthropology offers an M.A. in Anthropology, requiring a total of 30 credit hours. Like our undergraduate program, our Master’s program is predicated on a four-fields approach that requires students to take a four-course sequence designed to provide foundational knowledge in anthropology. In addition, we have an emphasis on methodology and we require two courses in methods—Quantitative Anthropology (Anth 572) and Seminar in Research Design & Methodology (Anth 609). Students are also required to take Anth 604 and 605, which are one-hour professional seminars designed to acquaint students to anthropology and the departmental faculty and resources and to guide them through their thesis writing. Anthropological Theory and Methods (Anth 601) covers in depth the theoretical issues concerning anthropological methods. Finally, students are required to pass a series of comprehensive exams after their first year and in the second year write a thesis based on original research (Anth 697).
The required courses (24 hours) are:
Anth 572 Quantitative Anthropology
Anth 601 Anthropological Theory & Methods
Anth 604 Professional Development I
Anth 605 Professional Development II
Anth 606 Seminar in Cultural and Linguistic Anthropology
Anth 607 Seminar in Biocultural Anthropology
Anth 608 Seminar in Archaeology
Anth 609 Seminar in Research Design and Methodology
Anth 697 Thesis
The M.A. in anthropology prepares a student to do original anthropological research. Graduates may seek research positions in anthropology or pursue doctoral studies.
Minimum Total Credit Hours: 30
The M.A. in anthropology requires 24 semester hours of graduate course work and a minimum of 6 hours of thesis credit. At least half of the courses must be taken at the 600 level. The 24 course hours must include Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (Anth 572), Anthropological Theory and Methods (Anth 601), Seminar in Cultural Anthropology (Anth 606), Seminar in Biocultural Anthropology (Anth 607), Seminar in Archaeology (Anth 608), and Seminar in Research Design & Methodology (Anth 609), and Professional Development Seminars I and II (Anth 604 and 605). Students must attain a B- or better in Anth 572, 601, 606, 607, 608, and 609.
Other Academic Requirements
During the first two years, students participate in seminars, which review the entire field of anthropology and prepare them for a two-day comprehensive exam. After passing this exam, master’s candidates select a thesis director and committee to work with them on designing a thesis project. Candidates must prepare and orally defend a thesis.
The Department strives to fund as many qualified students as possible. Most students accepted into the program receive funding in the form of teaching and research assistantships. These assistantships provide partial tuition waivers and annual stipends of approximately $5,000. Opportunities for summer research assistantships are sometimes available. In addition to departmental assistantships, there are non-service University honors fellowships and inclusivity fellowships available for qualifying students. See the Financial Aid Information from the Graduate College for more information.