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Master of Arts in Anthropology

This a general degree in anthropology comprised of a 9-unit core, 6-unit thesis, and 18-unit elective from courses offered each semester.


1. A bachelor's degree in anthropology; or

2. A bachelor's degree with 24 units of upper-division courses in anthropology, comparable to those required of anthropology majors at this University;

3. A B.A. degree in any field and other background appropriate to graduate study in anthropology. Students whose background in anthropology seems inadequate may be required to fulfill specific undergraduate deficiencies before admission to candidacy. Deficiencies will be determined by the departmental graduate advisor after consultation with the student and a review of the student's transcript records.

Advancement to Candidacy

1. Acceptance into the M.A. program by the department;

2. Satisfaction of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy (including fulfilling the GWAR);

3. Approval of the candidate's graduate program by the departmental graduate advisor;

4. The candidate must have taken:

  • ANTH 501, ANTH 510, and ANTH 560 or ANTH 561 totalling 9 core units.


1. A minimum of 33 units of 400-level upper-division and graduate courses, of which 24 units must be at the 500-600 level in a program approved by the Graduate Advisor. These 33 units must include the following courses:

Take all of the following courses:

  • ANTH 501 Current Trends in Anthropological Theory (3)
    Prerequisites: ANTH 401 or equivalent, and graduate standing.
  • ANTH 510 Proseminar (3)
    Prerequisites: Six units of upper-division anthropology courses or consent of instructor.
  • Take one of the following courses:
  • ANTH 560 Ethnographic Research Methods (3)
    Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.
  • ANTH 561 Basic Computer Research Applications in Anthropology (3)
    Prerequisite: ANTH 560 or consent of instructor.

2. Up to 6 units of course work outside the Department of Anthropology may be included in the 33 unit total;

3. Competence in appropriate research skills. These may include: familiarity with computer languages and use of computers, or statistical training and facility, or a reading knowledge of a foreign language;

4. M.A. Thesis. In order to satisfy the culminating activity requirement (thesis, project, or comprehensive examination dependent upon the program), students must earn at least three (3) units and no more than six (6) units related to the completion of the culminating activity

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