of Arts program in Anthropology prepares students to enter the profession
as trained anthropologists, and is recommended only for those who
wish to seriously pursue a career specialization in Anthropology.
It requires a higher level of achievement, and places greater emphasis
upon independent study and research than does the BA. It emphasizes
broad training in three fields of anthropology (archeology, biological
anthropology and human evolution, and cultural anthropology) while
offering students some flexibility in degree planning and requirements.
Department evaluation and approval is required for admission to
either classified or unclassified graduate standing.
Anthropology track offers two alternatives. The terminal MA degree
emphasizes a generalist approach, prepares students to teach anthropology
at the community college level, and culminates in a series of comprehensive
examinations in each of the three fields covered by the department.
A more specialized degree option prepares students to enter a Ph.D.
program; this path culminates in a thesis under the direction of
the faculty. The latter option is designed for students who plan
to enter a Ph.D. program in anthropology, but may not have the background
or foundational knowledge to enter such a program directly. All
students in the General Anthropology track are required to take
seminars in each of four areas of anthropology: socio-cultural anthropology,
archeology, physical anthropology, and anthropological theory. In
addition, students take elective courses to fit with their area
in Public Archeology prepares students to become cultural resource
managers. Public Archeology students are required to take five seminars
plus a range of elective courses with an archeological focus, and
to complete a research project under the supervision of the Director
of the Center for Public Archeology.
offers computer facilities, a media support facility, and a physical
anthropology/ archeology lab. The members of the Anthropology faculty
represent a wide range of interests and approaches to the discipline.
Information on individual faculty members, their backgrounds and
interests is available from the department office ( 677-3331)
or on the faculty page of this website..
Prospective graduate applicants are strongly encouraged to consult
the website or the department to compare their interests with those
of existing faculty.
here to see information regarding admission and program requirements.