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Anthropology - M.A.

  • 1) Thinking and Creating: Graduate students are expected to create an original piece of scholarship as part of their M.A. program. This involves devising a unique research question, writing a thesis proposal that outlines their research question, research methodologies, and the theoretical contributions of the project, organize a thesis committee to evaluate their proposal and, if approved, subsequent M.A. research, and single-handedly author a document that encompasses the entirety of their M.A. project. To complete the thesis, students are expected to apply skills acquired in the classroom to experiences outside of the classroom (field schools, participation in faculty and laboratory research, conference presentations, publications). 2) Communication: Graduate students in our program harness and hone their understanding of a particular culture, archaeological site, or cultural phenomenon by sharing and communicating their research to the broader scholarly community and public at large via honing and exhibiting writing skills, presenting conference papers and posters, and presenting their thesis work at a public MA thesis defense. This aligns with the American Anthropological Association’s ethics statement that requires scholars to disseminate their findings in a wide variety of forums.
  • Comprehension 1) Diversity and Inequality: The discipline of anthropology teaches students how to integrate different lines of evidence to address critical social issues and the human condition. Anthropologists draw upon both theoretical and methodological approaches unique to the discipline in order to address issues of broad interest, including human evolution, systems of inequality, cross cultural differences, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and globalization, citizenship, and migration 2) Competency in the four subfields of anthropology: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts that are the foundation of cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, and linguistics 3) Process: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methods and theory. We require that students understand the methodological approaches in the field of anthropology, and offer courses in order to pass along such information (including archaeological laboratory and field courses as well as ethnographic research methods courses).
  • Engagement in 2 respects and Clarifying Purpose and Perspective: 1) Students engaged in the program, feel connected to it and to faculty and students, and enthusiastic about the program and anthropology. 2) Graduate students are exposed to a wide and diverse array of cultural groups and temporal periods in their course work and in their thesis research, whatever form their project may take (archival, ethnographic, archaeological, etc.). In the process, graduate students are expected to narrow their research interests and become specialists in the particular region, theoretical paradigm, material set (e.g. lithics, historic ceramics, etc.) and/or culture their thesis research involves. M.A. students are expected to reflect upon their interest and connection to their research subjects and research project with their thesis committee and in their coursework.
  • M.A. students are expected to consciously reflect upon their own position in the world in relationship to others, and to develop a fine-tuned understanding of the breadth of the human experience across time periods and cultural groups. One of the ways students develop this appreciation is by conducting hands-on work with local, regional, national, and international communities.