Nov 30, 2023  
2012-2013 Graduate Catalog 

Anthropology M.A.

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Admission Requirements

  1. In addition to the general admission requirements established by the Graduate College, the applicant should have earned 18 semester credit hours in anthropology accepted by the department, with at least a 3.00 average in those courses. It is preferred that as many of the four subdisciplines as possible be represented among those courses and approximately one half of the 18 hours be at the upper-division level.
  2. Applicants must submit a research paper representative of their undergraduate work. If the student did not major in anthropology as an undergraduate, a research paper in another field indicative of the student’s ability is acceptable.
  3. Applicants must also submit an explicit letter of intent.
  4. GRE scores are required for admission to both the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. There is no required minimum score, but scores will be used in combination with other information in the application to evaluate the applicant. The exam must be taken within five years preceding the deadline for the application to be considered.

Degree Requirements

In addition to the general requirements established by the Graduate College, the candidate must meet the following degree requirements:

  1. The student must earn a minimum of 33 semester hours of credit at the graduate level.
  2. Eighteen of the 33 units presented for the degree must be courses with the prefix ANTH at the 600-level or above, including  ,  , and   . ANTH 700A, 700B, and 703 may be taken only after the student’s acceptance into the Graduate College. ANTH 700A and 700B are one-credit, pass/fail seminar courses that require a ‘pass’ grade for students to continue in the program. ANTH 703 is the core seminar course that must be passed with a grade of B- or better. Classes in which a student receives a C+ or lower will not count towards his or her degree, and any student receiving more than one C+ or lower will be separated from the graduate program.
  3. The 18 credits in anthropology must also include  .
  4. Up to three credits each of   and   can be applied toward the degree but may be taken only after acceptance into the Graduate College.
  5. At least three 700- level courses, beyond the core course (ANTH 703) and excluding ANTH 701 and ANTH 799, must be taken.
  6. The student must demonstrate a competence in statistics by passing an appropriate advanced class, such as  .
  7. In consultation with his/her advisor, a student will organize a thesis committee of at least three departmental members. In addition, a fourth member
    outside the department will be assigned by the Graduate College. Another outside member may be added at the department’s discretion.
  8. The student must submit to the department a written thesis research proposal approved by the thesis committee prior to the commencement of fieldwork or research. The student also must present a defense of this proposal to the thesis committee.
  9. After successfully completing these tasks, the student will then conduct approved anthropological research to gather data needed for writing the thesis. This may involve fieldwork, laboratory research, or research on a theoretical topic.
  10. The student must submit and successfully defend their thesis. This defense is open to the public.

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