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MA Options

There are three options: Option I requires a thesis, and Options II and III do not. We usually encourage students to pursue Option I—writing a thesis will improve a graduate's employment or doctoral program opportunities.

Option I

  • 30 semester hours of credit: 20 to 24 semester hours of regular course work and a thesis equivalent to 6 to 10 semester hours.
  • At least one-half of the required work, including thesis, must be taken in one major subject. The remaining work may be in supporting courses or in a minor of at least 9 semester hours.
  • Eight hours credit, in addition to the thesis, must be earned in graduate-only courses (800 or 900 level without 400 or lower counterparts).

Option II

  • 36 semester hours of credit in courses representing a major and either one or two minors.
  • For one major and one minor: 18 hours in the major and 9 hours in the minor.
  • For one major and two minors: 15 hours in the major and at least 9 hours in each minor.
  • Up to one-third of the courses required for a minor may be transferred from other institutions, at the discretion of the minor department.
  • At least 12 of the 36 hours must be earned in graduate-only courses (800 or 900 level without 400 or lower counter-parts).

Option III

  • 36 semester hours of credit in courses representing a major. No minor is applicable.
  • At least 18 of the 36 hours must be in graduate-only courses (800 or 900 level without 400 or lower counter-parts).

Courses

All students must complete one course in each sub-discipline:

Cultural Anthropology

  • ANTH 812 Family, Marriage, and Kinship
  • ANTH 817 History of Anthropological Theory
  • ANTH 873 Ecological Anthropology

Archaeology

  • ANTH 831 Historical Archaeology: Current Topics
  • ANTH 832 History and Theory of Archaeology

Biological Anthropology

  • ANTH 842 Human Variation
  • ANTH 844 Human Osteology