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Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences


Department of Anthropology


Linda Wolfe, Chairperson, Flanagan Building

MA in Anthropology

The graduate faculty reviews each candidate’s undergraduate grades, GRE scores, a sample of writing, statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation. Admission to the MA program in anthropology requires the equivalent of an undergraduate major in anthropology. Any student whose undergraduate preparation is deficient in the requirements for the degree program must complete the prescribed courses. Minimum degree requirement is 30-33 s.h. as follows:

  1. Core requirements: ANTH 6101, 6102, 6103, 6104; choose one from the following: ANTH 5010, 5015, 6020 - 15 s.h.
  2. Electives as specified by the student’s advisor may include courses other than ANTH, with a maximum of 6 s.h.
    (3 s.h. for students pursuing non-thesis option) of ANTH 6501, 6502, 6503 - 12 s.h.
  3. The student must pass a foreign language proficiency test or the equivalent or pass a minimum of 6 s.h. in research skills courses approved by the chairperson of the department with a minimum grade of B in addition to the regular curriculum. The student must pass a comprehensive examination covering each area of anthropology (archeology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology).
  4. Options (Choose one of the following.) - 3-6 s.h.
    Thesis option: ANTH 7000 - 3 s.h.
    The student writes a thesis and presents a seminar based on the thesis research. The thesis proposal and the subsequent thesis must be approved by the student’s advisor and committee composed of three anthropology faculty members and an outside reviewer, the departmental director of graduate studies, and the departmental chairperson.
    Internship option: ANTH 6993 (ANTH 6994 optional) - 3 s.h.
    The student writes an internship report and presents a seminar based on the internship report. The internship and the subsequent report must be approved by the student’s advisor and the committee composed of three anthropology faculty members and external internship supervisor, the departmental director of graduate studies, and the departmental chairperson.
    Non-thesis option: Additional electives - 6 s.h.
    The student’s advisor and committee, the departmental director of graduate studies, and the chairperson must approve the student’s course of study.