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Program Overview ← Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology

Program Overview

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Marketable Skills for Your Career

The Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology at Humboldt State University is a rig­or­ous yet flex­i­ble pro­gram focused on build­ing reward­ing, rel­e­vant, com­pet­i­tive, mar­ketable skills. Students will be held to high stan­dards, and grad­u­ates will be in a posi­tion to con­fi­dently apply anthro­po­log­i­cal per­spec­tives, the­o­ries and meth­ods to a vari­ety of careers in today’s aca­d­e­mic, non-academic and increas­ingly global job mar­ket (e.g., col­lege teach­ers, researchers, admin­is­tra­tors, pro­gram devel­op­ers, advo­cates, reg­is­tered pro­fes­sional archaeologists).

Flexibility around Your Life and Research

The pro­gram begins with a five-week (5 unit) Summer Institute held on the HSU cam­pus in the midst of the majes­tic Redwood Empire. During this time, stu­dents build cama­raderie and receive rig­or­ous hands-on meth­ods train­ing so they may pro­ceed through the pro­gram with skills and con­fi­dence. While on cam­pus, stu­dents work with resources such as the archae­ol­ogy and bio­log­i­cal anthro­pol­ogy lab­o­ra­to­ries, cul­tural, arti­fact & skele­tal col­lec­tions, and the sim­u­lated archae­o­log­i­cal site.

After the Summer Institute, stu­dents under­take 30 units of course­work via online dis­tance learn­ing, either full-time (three 10-unit semes­ters) or part-time (six 4–6-unit semes­ters).  The online course­work will be pri­mar­ily asyn­chro­nous, mean­ing that stu­dents will have flex­i­bil­ity in plan­ning days and times to view course materials/lectures and com­plete assign­ments each week.  During this part of the pro­gram, stu­dents gain addi­tional prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence through an applied intern­ship, and are guided through the the­sis process. Students who would like to be on cam­pus after the Summer Institute are wel­comed and will have access to depart­men­tal facilities.

See the full­time or part-time time­line for more information.

This pro­gram aims to pro­duce skilled prac­ti­tion­ers at the MA level. Some exam­ples of thesis/career areas are:

  • Archaeology: Cultural Resources Management, Heritage Preservation, Museum Studies, Bioarchaeology, Mesoamerican Studies
  • Biological Anthropology: Forensics, Nutrition, Primate/Human Ecology, Conservation, Evolutionary Medicine
  • Cultural Anthropology: Ethnography, International Development, Media, Public Health, Medical Anthropology

Degree Outcomes

Upon com­ple­tion of the MA degree in Applied Anthropology, stu­dents will demon­strate that they:

  1. Exhibit sub­stan­tive knowl­edge of the dis­ci­pline, and an advanced abil­ity to apply dis­ci­pli­nary prin­ci­ples, the­o­ries, meth­ods and approaches.
  2. Possess a wide range of grad­u­ate level research and problem-solving skills enabling them to pro­fi­ciently address com­plex human and envi­ron­men­tal prob­lems within aca­d­e­mic and non-academic set­tings.
  3. Display knowl­edge and com­pe­tency in all areas of anthro­po­log­i­cal ethics, cul­tural rel­a­tivism and social respon­si­bil­ity as applied to research, teach­ing and ser­vice.
  4. Model life-long learn­ing, and evince effec­tive multi-modal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, adapt­abil­ity, per­se­ver­ance, and proac­tive mar­ket­ing of anthro­po­log­i­cal skills.