Master of Arts in the Field of Anthropology

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate Programs.

The minimum requirement consists of:
36 credits of approved graduate course work including the following:
At least three of the following four proseminars:
ANTH 6101Proseminar in Biological Anthropology
ANTH 6102Proseminar in Sociocultural Anthropology
ANTH 6103Proseminar in Archaeology
ANTH 6104Proseminar in Linguistic Anthropology
Those with significant background in a field, as determined by evaluation of a student petition to the proseminar instructor, may waive one proseminar. Those who are permitted to waive a proseminar must, however, take two courses from the following:
ANTH 6101Proseminar in Biological Anthropology
or ANTH 6103 Proseminar in Archaeology
ANTH 6102Proseminar in Sociocultural Anthropology
or ANTH 6104 Proseminar in Linguistic Anthropology
An approved methods course
In addition to the 36 credits of approved graduate course work, a thesis, integrating essay, or journal paper.
Students with fewer than four undergraduate semesters of a major foreign language must demonstrate a reading knowledge of an approved language before beginning the third semester of graduate work.

Concentration in museum training

The program of study is the same as that described above for the general degree, but must include from 12 to 15 credits of work in museum-related courses, 6 credits of which may be in an internship. Students whose primary interest is in museum techniques, rather than anthropology, are advised to apply to the master’s program in museum studies (see Museum Studies). Note that a program in museum education is also available through the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.

Concentration in international development

The program of study is the same as that described above for the general degree, but must include:

ANTH 6301The Anthropology of Development
ANTH 6331Research Methods in Development Anthropology
Two of the following:
ANTH 6302Issues in Development
ANTH 6330Internship in Development Anthropology
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
ANTH 6507Nationalism and Ethnicity
An approved graduate-level course in quantitative analysis

The program is designed to improve the student’s understanding of development problems, such as economic change, population, health, education, migration, and ecology, within an anthropological framework. Note that the Elliott School of International Affairs offers a program in international development studies with a disciplinary specialization in anthropology.

Concentration in medical anthropology

The program of study is the same as that described for the general degree, but must include:

ANTH 6505Medical Anthropology
Two of the following:
ANTH 6302Issues in Development
ANTH 6391Anthropology and Contemporary Problems
ANTH 6501Gender and Sexuality
ANTH 6506Topics in Medical Anthropology
One of the following research methods options:
Option A:
ANTH 6331Research Methods in Development Anthropology
PUBH 6003Principles and Practices of Epidemiology
Option B:
Two of the following:
PUBH 6410Global Health Study Design
PUBH 6411Global Health Qualitative Research Methods
PUBH 6412Global Health Quantitative Research Methods