Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Anthropology

Graduate Study
Anthropology - Master of Arts

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.


Students applying for admission to the master's program in anthropology will be considered regardless of the field of their previous academic training. It is, however, recommended that students have earned at least 12 undergraduate credits in anthropology before entering the program. Admission on other than a provisional status is normally contingent upon the possession of a bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university, and a junior–senior undergraduate grade–point average of 3.0 or better in academic studies.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Anthropology

The program is available under both Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis). The student must complete a total of 30 credits distributed as follows:

Requirements for Both Plan A and Plan B

1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):  
  ANP 830 Cultural and Linguistic Anthropological Theory: Key Issues and Debates 3
  ANP 840 Biocultural Evolution 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  ANP 420 Language and Culture 3
  ANP 820 Language and Cultural Meaning 3
  This requirement may be waived by the department on the basis of prior course work.  
3. Completion of a methods course appropriate for the student’s subdiscipline. The course must be approved by the student’s guidance committee.  
4. Completion of additional elective credits approved by the student’s guidance committee. At least 21 of the 30 credits required for the degree must be earned in Anthropology.  
Additional Requirements for Plan A
1. Complete 4 credits of Anthropology 899 Master’s Thesis Research.  
2. Prepare an approved thesis proposal.  
3. Pass an oral examination in defense of the thesis.  
Additional Requirements for Plan B
1. Pass a final evaluation with a guidance committee of at least three faculty, at least two of whom should be from the Department of Anthropology.