Anthropology - Master of Arts

The MA program in anthropology is designed for students who are interested in the traditional subdisciplines of anthropology and in selected areas of applied anthropology. The program is directed both toward students who intend to take a terminal MA degree and students who intend to enter a Ph.D. program.

A bachelor’s degree in anthropology is not required for entry into the program. Nevertheless, students who lack the equivalent of the following courses may be required to take these courses or corresponding sections of ANTH 502 Fundamentals of Anthropology:

ANTH 301Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 315Introduction to Archaeology3
ANTH 320Anthropological Linguistics3
ANTH 355Physical Anthropology3

Program Requirements

Students selecting the thesis option must complete 33 hours of basic course work, as described below, plus 6 hours of thesis credit. Students selecting the non-thesis option must complete 39 hours of course work including an internship or special research project for 6 credits.

The 33 hours of basic course work for students selecting either the thesis or non-thesis options are distributed as follows:

Required Course
ANTH 505Issues in Anthropological Practice3
Core Theory Courses
Select one of the following core theory courses in respective subfield: 13
Method and Theory in Archaeology (for students in archaeology subfield)3
Biological Anthropology (for students in biological subfield)3
Seminar in Anthropological Theory (for students in cultural anthropology and anthropolical linguistics subfields)3
Select a core theory course in another subdiscipline.3
Additional Courses
Select an additional topical/methodological/areal course in respective subfield. 13
Select an additional 21 credits, at least 15 of which must be in anthropology.21
Thesis or Non-Thesis Options
Select one of the following:6
Master's Thesis6
Special Research Problems
Total Credits39

earning a grade of B or better 

Archaeology Subfield Courses

ANTH 507Advanced Studies in Archaeology1-3
ANTH 516Advanced Archaeology of the American Southwest3
ANTH 517Advanced Topics in Mesoamerican Archaeology3
ANTH 518Advanced Historical Archaeology3
ANTH 519Advanced Topics in Prehistoric Archaeology3
ANTH 526Conquest and Colonialism3
ANTH 540Cultural Resource Management3
ANTH 577Advanced Zooarchaeology3
ANTH 578Advanced Lab Methods in Archaeology3

Biological Anthropology Subfield Courses

ANTH 506Advanced Studies in Physical Anthropology1-3
ANTH 531Issues in Nutritional Anthropology3
ANTH 534Advanced Human Evolution3
ANTH 537Applied Medical Anthropology3
ANTH 572Advanced Primate Behavior and Ecology3
ANTH 573Advanced Primate Adaptation and Evolution3
ANTH 574Advanced Human Osteology3

Cultural Anthropology and Anthropological Linguistics Subfields Courses

ANTH 455Federal Indian Policy3
ANTH 504Cultures of Africa3
ANTH 508Advanced Studies in Cultural Anthropology1-3
ANTH 509Advanced Studies in Anthropological Linguistics1-3
ANTH 515Applied Anthropology3
ANTH 520Ethnographic Field Methods3
ANTH 526Conquest and Colonialism3
ANTH 531Issues in Nutritional Anthropology3
ANTH 538Plants, Culture, and Sustainable Development3
ANTH 539Culture and Foodways3

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MA program in anthropology, submit the following:

  • Application form and fees
  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • A letter from the candidate addressing his or her interests and graduate school objectives
  • Letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the candidate’s academic record
  • A Curriculum Vita
  • An undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 or higher

Application materials are available on the Anthropology website