M.A. Program in Sociocultural Anthropology

The Master of Arts in anthropology program offers students an opportunity to develop a strong theoretical foundation in the field of anthropology, and to participate in the vibrant intellectual life of the Department of Anthropology through workshops, talks, and other programs. The MA program includes coursework and a thesis. All MA students take a two-semester theory class as well as a thesis workshop. Each MA student is assigned a faculty mentor. The program as designed includes required courses and electives, and students in the MA program take classes in the anthropology department as well as other departments throughout the university. Students in the MA program are encouraged to develop their particular interests through this combination of coursework from within the department as well as from other related disciplines. Students develop the thesis through consultation with faculty. Although fieldwork is not required, many MA students conduct fieldwork for the thesis. MA students may also study a language as part of their program and apply for funding through Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) for summer language study. MA students present thesis projects at the annual MA Thesis Presentation Day in the department. Each year, one thesis is chosen to receive the Best Thesis Award. The program is designed to be completed within one academic year for coursework plus the summer for thesis writing. Part-time enrollment is also possible.