About the Program

The Department of Anthropology offers a Master of Arts in Anthropology, with the option of a Concentration in Museum Anthropology or a Graduate Certificate in Ethnography. Graduate education in anthropology emphasizes research and teaching related to urban contexts, processes, and populations. Students receive rigorous training in local, regional, and global transformations, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and theories of human nature, society, and culture.

In addition to intellectual maturity, students gain practical skills, including proposal writing, project development, field research, ethnographic needs-assessments, community development, and program evaluation. Graduate students are trained in theories, methods, topics, and skills in archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and its applied domains. They are encouraged to write a thesis based on independent empirical research, or in collaboration with faculty. Alternatively, students may complete a practicum, in a variety of contexts and human service organizations. All students receive a comprehensive education that prepares them to pursue doctoral studies, or to seek employment in the public and private sectors as professional anthropologists. For more information on student success stories and careers options, please visit our Careers page.

In this department we combine academic rigor with anthropological praxis: politically responsible and ethically sound applications of empirical knowledge in professional fields that include medicine, education, environment, forensics, cultural resource management, and business. Recent research by faculty in Africa, Latin America, North America, and Europe enhances graduate education by providing excellent examples for graduate students of basic and applied anthropological inquiry.