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Course Descriptions ← Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology

Course Descriptions

Surveyors in the forest

MA Program Core Course Descriptions

  • ANTH 670 Introduction to Applied Anthropology (2 units) – Summer Institute
    Introduction to the anthro­po­log­i­cal per­spec­tives, meth­ods, the­o­ries and prac­tices applied to human and envi­ron­men­tal prob­lems in aca­d­e­mic, pro­fes­sional and global con­texts. Students begin think­ing about future research and career trajectories.
  • ANTH 671 Methods in Applied Anthropology (3 units) – Summer Institute
    Intensive study of research meth­ods and mate­ri­als used within bio­log­i­cal, archae­o­log­i­cal, and cul­tural anthro­pol­ogy. Topics include ethno­graphic data col­lec­tion, struc­tured obser­va­tion, inter­view­ing, materials/artifact/skeletal analy­sis, and man­age­ment of data. Most top­ics will be cov­ered as a group to pro­vide a broad skill-base in the dis­ci­pline. Some require­ments will be spe­cific to field of interest.
  • ANTH 672 Theory in Applied Anthropology (3 units) – Fall
    Explores con­nec­tions between the the­ory and prac­tice of address­ing human prob­lems in imme­di­ate and con­crete set­tings. Students develop the capac­ity to crit­i­cally eval­u­ate and effec­tively com­mu­ni­cate about prob­lems and inter­ac­tions between humans and their environments.
  • ANTH 673 Anthropology in Practice (3 units) – Fall
    In-depth sur­vey of domains in which anthro­po­log­i­cal prin­ci­ples, the­o­ries, and meth­ods are applied. Special atten­tion to poten­tial future markets/opportunities and proac­tively mar­ket­ing pro­fes­sional level anthro­po­log­i­cal skills. Students will also study pro­fes­sional aspects of applied anthro­pol­ogy such as client devel­op­ment, team build­ing, office/production skills, and deal­ing with resis­tance. Students apply their skills by iden­ti­fy­ing and arrang­ing the field place­ment they will be engaged in dur­ing Anth 675 (taken dur­ing the fol­low­ing semester).
  • ANTH 674 Project Design & Management (3 units) – Spring
    Guided prepa­ra­tion of research pro­pos­als and/or grant appli­ca­tions, with a focus on stu­dent ini­tia­tive and respon­si­bil­ity. Theoretical and method­olog­i­cal top­ics include defin­ing ques­tions, design­ing field­work, pro­posal eval­u­a­tion cri­te­ria, and peer-review. At the end of the course, stu­dents will present their com­pleted project pro­posal to the course instructor(s) and their the­sis com­mit­tee for approval.
  • ANTH 675 Anthropology Field Placement (3 units) – Spring
    Students enroll in this course while com­plet­ing an intern­ship in applied anthro­pol­ogy that they arranged dur­ing the pre­vi­ous semes­ter. Engages stu­dents with the work of research libraries, muse­ums, com­mu­nity orga­ni­za­tions, gov­ern­men­tal agen­cies, and other insti­tu­tions to enhance stu­dents’ knowl­edge of sources, research method­olo­gies, insti­tu­tional cul­tures, and work envi­ron­ments. During the intern­ship, stu­dents will learn and crit­i­cally eval­u­ate not only aspects of the posi­tion and par­tic­u­lar orga­ni­za­tion, but also their roles and respon­si­bil­i­ties as anthropologists.
  • ANTH 678 Applied Anthropology Pro Seminar (1 unit, taken three times)
    Ongoing seminar/colloquium for the MA cohort. Focuses on research in progress, devel­op­ing argu­ments and writ­ten and oral pre­sen­ta­tions within a struc­tured and super­vised format. Students present and dis­cuss their ongo­ing research and writ­ing and engage in peer review. Faculty also inter­mit­tently sched­ule read­ings and dis­cus­sions based on top­ics rel­e­vant to cohort research inter­ests, insti­tu­tional place­ments or field­work con­texts, eth­i­cal issues, devel­op­ments in the dis­ci­pline and rel­e­vant global events.
  • ANTH 690 Thesis (6 units)
    Students are guided through the process of the­sis devel­op­ment and writ­ing through­out the MA pro­gram. Students must enroll in 6 units of Anth 690 before receiv­ing the MA degree. Students first enroll in Anth 690 dur­ing their final semes­ter in the pro­gram (full­time semes­ter 3, part-time semes­ter 6). During that semes­ter, stu­dents are expected to present the­sis sec­tions for com­mit­tee eval­u­a­tion. Students will gen­er­ally have already begun/completed their the­sis research by this time. Students who have not com­pleted their the­sis research when first enrolled in Anth 690 will be expected to make committee-approved progress toward that end and sub­mit ini­tial chap­ters (i.e. intro­duc­tion, back­ground, meth­ods) dur­ing the semes­ter. Students who do not expect to com­plete their the­sis dur­ing the final pro­gram semes­ter should sign up for fewer than 6 units of Anth 690 so that they can enroll in the­sis units dur­ing fol­low­ing semes­ters (to main­tain uni­ver­sity con­tin­u­ous enroll­ment require­ments); in gen­eral, no more than two addi­tional semes­ters will be allowed for the­sis completion.  An in-person/Skype oral defense of the the­sis is required before or directly after final writ­ten the­sis sub­mis­sion. Additional infor­ma­tion on the­sis require­ments is pro­vided in the Graduate Student Handbook and Information for Current Students.

Additional anthro­pol­ogy courses are described in the HSU Catalog or the cur­rent Class Schedule.