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.
- ANTH 671 Methods in Applied Anthropology (3 units) – Summer Institute
Advanced research methods focused on preparing students for data collection and management. Topics include enthnographic data collection, structured observation, interviewing, materials/artifact/skeletal analysis, and management of data. Some topics will be covered as a group, whereas other aspects will be rigorous methods training related to specific area of study. This courses is focused on preparing students to proceed with their future research with skill and confidence.
- 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 695 (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 organization, but also their roles and responsibilities as anthropologists.
- ANTH 678 Applied Anthropology Pro Seminar (1 unit, taken three times)
Ongoing seminar/colloquim for the MA cohort. Focus 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 Thesis before receiving the MA degree. Students first enroll in Thesis units 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; students who have not completed their thesis research 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 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.