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Anthropology

College of Liberal Arts

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Anthropology - Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Anthropology (code ANTHMA01)


The Department of Anthropology offers a master's degree in anthropology with study in cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, or archaeology. The department also offers an option in applied anthropology.

Prerequisites


1. A bachelor's degree in anthropology; or
2. A bachelor's degree with 24 units of upper division courses in anthropology, comparable to those required of anthropology majors at this University;
3. A B.A. degree in any field and other background appropriate to graduate study in anthropology. Students whose background in anthropology seems inadequate may be required to fulfill specific undergraduate deficiencies before admission to candidacy. Deficiencies will be determined by the departmental graduate advisor after consultation with the student and a review of the student's transcript records.

Advancement to Candidacy


1. Acceptance into the M.A. program by the department;
2. Satisfaction of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy (including fulfilling the GWAR);
3. Approval of the candidate's graduate program by the departmental graduate advisor;
4. The candidate must have taken ANTH 501, 510, and either 560 or 561 for a total of 9 core units.

Requirements


1. A minimum of 33 units of 400-level upper division and graduate courses, of which 21 units must be at the 500-600 level in a program approved by the Graduate Advisor. These 33 units must include the following courses: ANTH 501, 510 and 560 or 561;
2. Up to 6 units of course work outside the Department of Anthropology may be included in the 33 unit total;
3. Competence in appropriate research skills. These may include: familiarity with computer languages and use of computers, or statistical training and facility, or a reading knowledge of a foreign language;
4. Either A) a Comprehensive Examination, or B) a M.A. Thesis.

Option in Applied Anthropology (code ANTHMA02)


The Department of Anthropology offers graduate work in applied anthropology leading to a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology. The program produces practitioners who use anthropological knowledge and methods to design, conduct, and evaluate research and action programs. Students with a B.A. in Anthropology, as well as those who can apply their previous training and experience to the practice of anthropology, are welcome to apply. In order to meet the growing demand in California and elsewhere for professionals capable of addressing the complex, global problems of multicultural urban and regional environments, the Applied Anthropology Program emphasizes knowledge of anthropological theory and specialized training for its application across a wide range of global contexts. All graduate students participate in research projects and internships. Within the global context of urban and regional cultural change, the program offers three concentrations: multicultural education, medical/health care, and community/organizations. Regional emphasis begins with the languages, cultures, and organizations of southern California and the Southwest and extends globally.

Prerequisites
1. A bachelor’s degree in anthropology; or
2. A bachelor’s degree with 24 units of upper division courses in anthropology, comparable to those required of anthropology majors at this University; or
3. A bachelor’s degree in another field, either a social science, humanity, education, or medical science one, with fewer than 24 units of upper division course work in anthropology, showing evidence of strong potential skills in applied anthropology.

Students under category (3) should submit a petition together with whatever supporting materials as recommended by the Graduate Advisor. If the Graduate Student Committee considers an applicant to lack a basic understanding of anthropological theories and methods, such an applicant will be accepted provisionally into the program (as an unclassified post- baccalaureate student), in which case he/she will be advised to enroll in courses during the first semester recommended by the Committee. Providing that the student performs satisfactorily in these courses, he/she will be admitted into the program the following semester, gaining classified status, and credit will be given for those courses completed the previous semester that are required for the Master of Arts degree.

Advancement to Candidacy
1. Classified status;
2. Satisfaction of the general University requirements for advancement to candidacy (including fulfilling the GWAR);
3. Approval of the candidate’s graduate program by the departmental graduate advisor.

Requirements

Plan 1
The student must complete a minimum of 39 units of 400 upper level upper division and graduate courses in a program approved by the Graduate Advisor. Note: Students may substitute other courses for those normally required, but only with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.
1. ANTH 501, 503, 505, 510, 517, 560, 561, 675 and six units of 698;
2. Three upper division/graduate elective courses related to the students may research interest;
3. Satisfy the language requirement. Each student will be considered individually in relation to this requirement. Which may be satisfied by ANTH 570. This requirement must be satisfied before he or she begins work on the thesis;
4. Undertake and satisfactorily complete, under the supervision of the committee, a Thesis.

Plan 2
The student must complete a minimum of 42 units of 400 upper division and graduate courses in a program approved by the Graduate Advisor. Note: Students may substitute other courses for those normally required, but only with the approval of the Graduate Advisor.
1. ANTH 501,503, 505,510,517,560,675.
2. Fifteen upper division/graduate units of courses related to the students main research interest.
3. Satisfy the Language requirement. Each student will be considered individually in relation to this requirement which may be satisfied by ANTH 570. This requirement must be satisfied by before he or she begins work on the Thesis.
4. Undertake and satisfactorily complete, under the supervision of an advisor, a Project, a written report on the project, and completion of three units of ANTH 698.