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.

In addition to the 9 hours of the 600-level core seminars, students take another 600-level course, 12 hours of topical electives at the 500- or 600-level, and 6 hours of thesis or internship hours.

Students may enroll in up to 9 credit hours in another department. Students may enroll in 500 level courses in another department with the permission of the Anthropology Director of Graduate Studies.

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. Coursework earned as undergraduate and used to meet the requirements for the 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   
Core Seminars      9Hrs
Topical Electives   15Hrs
Thesis                   6Hrs
Total                      30Hrs

Non-Thesis Option
Core Seminars        9Hrs
Topical Electives     15Hrs
Internships              6Hrs
Total                        30Hrs

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 507: Space, Place and Culture
  • ANTH 522; Ecology, Politics, and Culture
  • ANTH 526; Archaeology as Practice
  • ANTH 528; Animals and Humans
  • ANTH 529; Zooarchaeology
  • ANTH 530: Human Impacts on Past Environments
  • ANTH 531: Anthropology of Water
  • ANTH 535; Nutritional Anthropology
  • ANTH 540: Human Adaptation
  • ANTH 562; Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 563; Special Topics in Biological Anthropology
  • ANTH 564; Special Topics in Archaeology
  • ANTH 578; Lithic Technology
  • ANTH 579; Ceramic Analysis
  • ANTH 601: Special Topics in Anthropology
  • ANTH 607: Emergence of Human Culture
  • ANTH 622: Anthropology of Violence
  • ANTH 624: Black Cultural Traditions
  • ANTH 625: Globalization, Transnationalism, and Anthropology
  • ANTH 626: Food Justice
  • ANTH 627: Political Economy and Culture
  • ANTH 640; Linguistic Anthropology
  • 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 662; Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 663; Special Topics in Biological Anthropology
  • 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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