Master of Arts in Anthropology

Major: ANTH
Degree Awarded: MA
Unit: GA
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/anthropology/

Program Information

The Master of Arts in Anthropology at the University of Louisville is designed to enhance student knowledge of and skills in dealing with contemporary social issues facing a globalizing community and world from an anthropological perspective and to be able to locate these in the long progression of human history and within the body of social science theory. We expect our graduates to enter professions as skilled administrators, researchers, and leaders. Although students may focus heavily on evolutionary anthropology, archaeology, or cultural anthropology, this is a general, comprehensive masters program.

Anthropology is the queen of multidisciplinary work, and we see our students taking courses from and pursuing collaborations with colleagues in Humanities, Sociology, History, Women and Gender Studies, Pan-African Studies, Political Science, Art History, Biology, and the Kent School of Social Work. Students with little or no academic background in anthropology will be required to take some preparatory courses determined in consultation with the Anthropology Graduate Coordinator.

Applicants must complete/submit:

  • Online graduate application for admission.
  • A statement of interests covering relevant experience and aspirations. This letter is absolutely critical to your successful application, as it helps us assess where you might find common interests among Department faculty.
  • GRE scores. Recommended, successful applicants report GRE scores averaging greater than the 50th percentile.
  • Official transcripts. As stipulated by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, the minimum GPA for acceptance into the program is 3.0.
  • Three letters of reference addressing the candidate's readiness for graduate studies, academic abilities, and potential for success.  One letter may be from an employer.
  • Applicants may choose to submit a writing sample.

The Graduate Committee uses a holistic approach when evaluating graduate applications.

Curriculum

The Master of Arts in Anthropology is a 30 credit hour program.  It comprises 24 credit hours of course work at the graduate level plus 6 hours of thesis or an internship.  

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

Degree Options
The Master of Arts in Anthropology requires 30 credit 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 (24 seminar hours plus 6 credit hours of thesis)

Course #DescriptionCredit Hours
Core Seminars (9 credit hours) 
ANTH 608Social and Cultural Theory3
ANTH 612Contemporary Issues in Anthropology3
Students must select one of the following courses: 
ANTH 609Research Design: Archaeology3
ANTH 610Research Design: Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 611Research Design: Socio-Cultural Anthropology3
Topical Electives (15 credit hours) 
ANTH 507Space, Place and Culture3
ANTH 522Ecology, Politics and Culture3
ANTH 526Archaeology as Practice3
ANTH 528Animals and Humans3
ANTH 529Zooarchaeology3
ANTH 530Human Impacts on Past Environments3
ANTH 531Anthropology of Water3
ANTH 535Nutritional Anthropology3
ANTH 540Health and Civilization3
ANTH 562Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 563Special Topics in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 564Special Topics in Archaeology3
ANTH 578Lithic Technology3
ANTH 579Ceramic Analysis3
ANTH 601Special Topics in Anthropology3
ANTH 607Emergence of Human Culture3
ANTH 622Anthropology of Violence3
ANTH 624Black Cultural Traditions3
ANTH 625Globalization, Transnationalism, and Anthropology3
ANTH 626Food Justice3
ANTH 627Political Economy and Culture3
ANTH 640Linguistic Anthropology3
ANTH 650Health and Disease: A Bio-Cultural Approach3
ANTH 651Seminar in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 653Human Molecular Evolutionary Genetics3
ANTH 662Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 663Special Topics in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 670Independent Study (reading)3
ANTH 671Independent Study (research)3
ANTH 672Thesis6
 Total30

 

Non-Thesis (24 seminar hours plus 6 credit hours of internship)

Course #DescriptionCredit Hours
Core Seminars (9 credit hours) 
ANTH 608Social and Cultural Theory3
ANTH 612Contemporary Issues in Anthropology3
Students must select one of the following courses: 
ANTH 609Research Design: Archaeology3
ANTH 610Research Design: Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 611Research Design: Socio-Cultural Anthropology3
Topical Electives (15 credit hours) 
ANTH 507Space, Place and Culture3
ANTH 522Ecology, Politics and Culture3
ANTH 526Archaeology as Practice3
ANTH 528Animals and Humans3
ANTH 529Zooarchaeology3
ANTH 530Human Impacts on Past Environments3
ANTH 531Anthropology of Water3
ANTH 535Nutritional Anthropology3
ANTH 540Health and Civilization3
ANTH 562Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 563Special Topics in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 564Special Topics in Archaeology3
ANTH 578Lithic Technology3
ANTH 579Ceramic Analysis3
ANTH 601Special Topics in Anthropology3
ANTH 607Emergence of Human Culture3
ANTH 622Anthropology of Violence3
ANTH 624Black Cultural Traditions3
ANTH 625Globalization, Transnationalism, and Anthropology3
ANTH 626Food Justice3
ANTH 627Political Economy and Culture3
ANTH 640Linguistic Anthropology3
ANTH 650Health and Disease: A Bio-Cultural Approach3
ANTH 651Seminar in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 653Human Molecular Evolutionary Genetics3
ANTH 662Special Topics in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 663Special Topics in Biological Anthropology3
ANTH 670Independent Study (reading)3
ANTH 671Independent Study (research)3
ANTH 673Internship6
 Total30

Faculty

Amanuel Beyin

Assistant Professor

Anna T. Browne Ribeiro

Assistant Professor

Fabian Crespo

Assistant Professor

Phil DiBlasi

Staff Archaeologist

John Hale

Professor (Adjunct)

Jonathan Haws
Professor
Chair

Co-Director of Portuguese Studies Program

Yvonne Jones

Associate Professor

Bert Little

Professor (Adjunct)

Robert M. Malina

Professor (Adjunct)

Lisa Markowitz
Associate Professor

Director of Graduate Studies

Shawn Parkhurst
Associate Professor

Co-Director of Portuguese Studies Program

Julie Peteet
Professor

Director of Middle East and Islamic Studies

Russell Reid

Professor Emeritus

Edwin Segal

Professor Emeritus

Angela D. Storey

Assistant Professor

Karl Swinehart

Assistant Professor (Affiliated)

Christopher Tillquist

Associate Professor

Jianhua Zhao

Associate Professor