MA in Anthropology

Catalog Year: 2024-2025

Banner Code: LA-MA-ANTH

Master of Arts in Anthropology students learn the history of critical inquiry in the discipline of anthropology and how to approach and develop a topic of research. Students are trained in fieldwork and ethnographic methods appropriate for their goals and are guided through the research and writing methods central to completion of a thesis or project. In the process, students learn about the ethics of conducting research. Students may focus on cultural anthropology or bioarchaeology. The program prepares students for careers in government, the private sector, non-governmental organizations, museums, and numerous other fields, or to pursue a doctorate in the field. 

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 30

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

ANTH 535 Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar I 3
ANTH 536 Anthropology and the Human Condition: Seminar II 3
ANTH 586 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology 3
or ANTH 650 Methods in Anthropology
ANTH 798 Thesis or Project Proposal 3
Total Credits 12


Select 15 credits from advanced courses in anthropology chosen in consultation with an advisor 15
Total Credits 15

Students can choose to focus their electives around an emphasis in these four areas: advanced training in sociocultural anthropology; culture, health and bioethics; museums and anthropology; or transnational and global issues. Up to six credits may be from other disciplines with the prior written approval of the graduate director.

Students may take ANTH 690 Internship as elective credit. An internship can serve as a primary field research site for the thesis.

Thesis or Research Project

Students should be aware of the policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and, once enrolled in ANTH 799, maintain continuous enrollment. 

Three credits from one of the following: 3
Master's Research Project
Master's Thesis
Total Credits 3