Program Requirements

Requirements for the completion of M.A. in Anthropology.


The Master of Arts in Anthropology is a 30-hour program.  It comprises 24 hours of course work at the graduate level plus 6 hours of thesis or an internship.  At least 18 of the 24 hours must be in courses at the 600 level.

Students may enroll in 6 credit hours in another department; students may enroll in 500-level courses in another department with the permission of the Anthropology Graduate Coordinator.

Courses taken at the 500 or 600 level as an undergraduate may be applied toward the M.A. in Anthropology on the condition that the student earned a grade of B or higher in the course.  Graduate Coordinator approval is required.  500 level classes taken as an undergraduate and used for credit for an undergraduate degree may not be used for graduate credit.

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Degree Options

The Master of Arts in Anthropology requires 30 hours of academic work at the graduate level.  All students enrolled in the M.A. program are required to complete one of the following options:

Thesis option
CoursesCredit Hours
Core Seminars9
Topical Electives15


Non-Thesis option
CoursesCredit Hours
Core Seminars9
Topical Electives15


Course Offerings

Core Seminars:

  • ANTH 608: Social and Cultural Theory
  • ANTH 612: Contemporary Issues in Anthropology

Students must select one of the following courses:

  • ANTH 609: Research Design, Archaeology
  • ANTH 610: Research Design, Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 611: Research Design, Socio-Cultural Anthropology

Topical Electives:

  • ANTH 501: American Crossings
  • ANTH 502: Anthropology and Europe
  • ANTH 503: Central Africa and the Politics of Development
  • ANTH 507: Space, Place and Culture
  • ANTH 530: Human Impacts on Past Environments
  • ANTH 531: Anthropology of Water
  • ANTH 540: Human Adaptation
  • ANTH 546: Problems in Urban Anthropology
  • ANTH 548: Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 549: Special Topics in Archaeology
  • ANTH 601: Special Topics in Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 604: Problems in Social Anthropology
  • ANTH 606: Regional Analysis
  • ANTH 607: Emergence of Human Culture
  • ANTH 621: Anthropology of Identity and Subjectivity
  • ANTH 622: Anthropology of Violence
  • ANTH 623: The Study of Folklore
  • ANTH 624: Black Cultural Traditions
  • ANTH 625: Globalization, Transnationalism, and Anthropology
  • ANTH 626: Community Food Security
  • ANTH 627: Political Economy and Culture
  • ANTH 650: Human Evolution in Health and Disease
  • ANTH 651: Seminar in Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 652: Topics in Nutritional Anthropology
  • ANTH 653: Human Molecular Evolutionary Genetics
  • ANTH 654: Evolutionary Medical Genetics
  • ANTH 655: Analysis of Molecular Data
  • ANTH 670: Independent Study (reading)
  • ANTH 671: Independent Study (research)
  • ANTH 672: Thesis
  • ANTH 673: Internship

For more detailed course descriptions visit the Graduate Courses page

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