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Information for Current Students ← Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology

Information for Current Students

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Welcome to the Applied Anthropology MA pro­gram at HSU! This pro­gram focuses on build­ing reward­ing, rel­e­vant, com­pet­i­tive, mar­ketable skills that will help you apply your passion. As such, this pro­gram is rig­or­ous yet flex­i­ble, and the fac­ulty and staff are ded­i­cated to help­ing you suc­ceed. Below you will find var­i­ous resources to help guide you through the pro­gram. Keep an eye on this page, as infor­ma­tion is reg­u­larly added and updated.

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Incoming Students

If you have just been accepted into the pro­gram — con­grat­u­la­tions! Here is what’s next:

  • At your ear­li­est con­ve­nience, please email the MA pro­gram (appliedanth@humboldt.edu) to let us know if you plan to attend.
  • If you have not already, you should shortly be receiv­ing a paper let­ter in the mail that acknowl­edges your appli­ca­tion and pro­vides instruc­tions on how to log in to the HSU Student Center. Once you have log-in access, you can find the log in link at the top of the HSU home­page. Once you log in, you can nav­i­gate to the Student Center where you will be able to see a list of any out­stand­ing appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als you might need. Be sure to promptly com­plete any items on the “To Do” list. Please con­tact Graduate Studies if you have ques­tions about this mate­r­ial, or if you do not receive your log in information.
  • Once your appli­ca­tion is com­plete, you will receive a paper let­ter in the mail with an offi­cial offer of admis­sion as well as infor­ma­tion on how to com­plete other pre-term require­ments. Around this time you will also be able to log in to the Student Center and offi­cially accept admissions.
  • Once you accept admis­sion (through the Student Center), you will be assigned an ini­tial aca­d­e­mic advi­sor. Your advi­sor will be cho­sen based on your area of inter­est and fac­ulty avail­abil­ity. It is not required that your advi­sor serve as your the­sis chair (which you will arrange dur­ing your first fall semes­ter), but this will gen­er­ally be the case.
  • If you have not done so already, be sure apply for finan­cial aid if you are eli­gi­ble and so desire. Applicant dead­lines are well in advance of the Summer Institute — see Program Costs for more infor­ma­tion. The last day to file for finan­cial aid for the 2014 Summer Institute is June 30, 2014.
  • After con­firm­ing accep­tance, it is time to start plan­ning accom­mo­da­tions for the Summer Institute if you have not done so already. The 2014 Summer Institute will be held from June 30 — August 1, 2014 (see Class Schedule for detailed dates and reg­is­tra­tion infor­ma­tion). Students may apply to HSU Housing + Dining ser­vices to explore on and off-campus hous­ing options dur­ing the Summer Institute and any other time that they decide to reside on campus.
  • All incom­ing first-year stu­dents that have accepted admis­sions in the Student Center will be auto­mat­i­cally enrolled in both courses the Summer Institute courses (see Class Schedule for details).
  • After log­ging in to HSU, one of the resources (menu in top right) will be Moodle. Moodle is our online course deliv­ery sys­tem where you can find dis­cus­sion forums as well as course pages with syl­labi, etc… Course mate­ri­als for course you are reg­is­tered for may be avail­able prior to the begin­ning of each term.

Are you won­der­ing what you can do to pre­pare for the Summer Institute?

A great (and excit­ing) way to start the pro­gram on track would be to start think­ing about the topic that you would like to explore for your MA the­sis! You may have already iden­ti­fied a spe­cific topic/project in your state­ment of pur­pose, or you may still be refin­ing your ideas. Please take some time prior to the Summer Institute to con­sider research areas you are inter­ested in. When com­ing up with ideas, it might help to briefly list for each: (1) Your questions/hypotheses; (2) What meth­ods could address your ques­tions; (3) What elec­tive courses/internship expe­ri­ences might be use­ful for such a project; and (4) If the project could be com­pleted within a rea­son­able time­frame. You do not need to have your the­sis topic solid­i­fied prior to begin­ning the pro­gram, but it will be use­ful to have a strong idea of what direc­tion you are head­ing, and some poten­tial the­sis ideas on hand. Have fun with this!

 

Additional Information for Current Students

View infor­ma­tion about the Anthropology Department fac­ulty and facil­i­ties & resources.

Enrollment and Registration:

All incom­ing first-year stu­dents that have accepted admis­sions in the Student Center will be auto­mat­i­cally enrolled in both courses the Summer Institute courses (see Class Schedule for details). After the Summer Institute, stu­dents will choose to con­tinue as either full-time or part-time. Registration infor­ma­tion for Fall/Spring enroll­ment infor­ma­tion will be pro­vided dur­ing or prior to the Summer Institute and on the Class Schedule webpage.

If you wish to take non-program courses at HSU, you will need to reg­is­ter using the Open University pol­icy. MA stu­dents wish­ing to take non-program courses are encour­aged to con­tact course instruc­tors prior to the begin­ning of the term to inform the instruc­tor of their inter­est in the course and inquire if a spot may be held. For more infor­ma­tion on cur­rent non-program courses, see the HSU Catalog and the HSU class sched­ule.

Students are advised to reg­u­larly con­sult the CEEE Calendar for impor­tant dates and deadlines.

Financial Aid:

In addi­tion to seek­ing exter­nal fund­ing, stu­dents are encour­aged to con­tact the HSU Financial Aid office for infor­ma­tion about avail­able grants, loans, schol­ar­ships and work study. See Program Costs and the FAFSA web­site for appli­ca­tion details and dead­lines. Graduate Studies also main­tains a list of Fellowships & Scholarships avail­able to grad­u­ate students.

Housing + Dining:

Students may apply to HSU Housing + Dining ser­vices to explore on and off-campus hous­ing options dur­ing the Summer Institute and any other time that they decide to reside on campus.

Field Placement (Internship):

Students are required to com­plete 180 hours of applied anthro­po­log­i­cal field work that may or may not be directly related to their the­sis. The field place­ment will fol­low the HSU Policies as indi­cated by the HSU Center for Service Learning and Academic Internships (CSLAI). The intern­ship will be arranged dur­ing the first fall semes­ter of the pro­gram as an inte­gral part of Anth 673, and it will usu­ally be com­pleted dur­ing the fol­low­ing Spring semes­ter (Anth 675). Additional infor­ma­tion is pro­vided in the Graduate Student Handbook and dur­ing Anth 673/675. The fol­low­ing forms will need to be completed:

Thesis:

A the­sis on a project or research is to be com­pleted prior to the MA being awarded, and an in-person/Skype oral defense of the the­sis is required before or directly after final writ­ten the­sis sub­mis­sion. Information on the­sis require­ments is pro­vided in the course descrip­tions, the pro­gram require­ments, and the Graduate Student Handbook. Also see the Graduate Studies web­site describes the­sis examples/resources and the­sis for­mat require­ments.

Performance & Evaluation:

Each semes­ter stu­dents are expected to main­tain at least a 3.0 GPA aver­age and pass all courses will a C or bet­ter. If the the­sis is not expected to be com­pleted accord­ing to the stan­dard time­line, stu­dents are required to enroll in at least one unit (usu­ally the­sis units) each fall and spring until work is com­plete and both com­mit­tee mem­bers have approved the final writ­ten the­sis and oral defense. Thesis chap­ters and final sub­mis­sion will be eval­u­ated using the Thesis Evaluation Rubric (down­load as a word .doc). Extension of the­sis com­ple­tion dead­lines must be approved by the advi­sor and Graduate Coordinator. Students must file a for­mal “leave of absence” appli­ca­tion if they are unable to con­tinue enroll­ment. The depart­ment reserves the right to dis­miss from the pro­gram a stu­dent who does not make aca­d­e­m­i­cally ade­quate and timely progress in mov­ing through degree requirements.

Ethical Conduct:

Students are expected to main­tain pro­fes­sional con­duct and abide by eth­i­cal stan­dards, in all aspects of and activ­i­ties related to the pro­gram, in anthro­po­log­i­cal research and activ­i­ties, and in all sit­u­a­tions where they rep­re­sent the pro­gram and dis­ci­pline. The depart­ment reserves the right to dis­miss from the pro­gram a stu­dent who does not abide by these rules.

Career Services:

Students par­tic­i­pat­ing in the MA are exposed to areas to look for poten­tial jobs within their course­work and while com­plet­ing their field place­ment. HSU also pro­vides numer­ous career ser­vices. The Career Center web site includes resources that help stu­dents to explore careers, includ­ing job search tools, search engines, and help prepar­ing resumes and plan­ning for inter­views. The idealist.org site on the Center web­site enables stu­dents to find jobs based on geog­ra­phy, cul­ture, area of focus, job func­tion and so on. Students have access 24/7 to the online job board. The Center has also estab­lished a Facebook page that has reg­u­lar updates on career events and jobs. Center staff can work with stu­dents at a dis­tance in review­ing drafts of resumes and cover let­ters using tele­phone and E-Mail Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Alumni Office also offers inter­view coach­ing (mock interviews).

Library:

Students have access to the library web­site where they may access numer­ous resources. The library pro­vides a wide range of sup­ports and access for dis­tance stu­dents. Interlibrary loan enables fac­ulty and stu­dents to access sources nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally.  Document deliv­ery is sent via E-Mail.  E-books are avail­able that can be searched, high­lighted and notated. Every stu­dent is assigned a library account where searches, mate­ri­als and notes can be stored and accessed online. A com­plete list of ser­vices specif­i­cally for grad­u­ate stu­dents is linked here.

Ethical Conduct:

Students are expected to main­tain pro­fes­sional con­duct and abide by eth­i­cal stan­dards, in all aspects of and activ­i­ties related to the pro­gram, in anthro­po­log­i­cal research and activ­i­ties, and in all sit­u­a­tions where they rep­re­sent the pro­gram and dis­ci­pline. The depart­ment reserves the right to dis­miss from the pro­gram a stu­dent who does not abide by these rules.

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