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. 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
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). During this time, students gain additional practical experience through an applied internship, and are guided through the thesis process. Students who would like to be on campus are of course welcomed and encouraged and will have access to departmental facilities.
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
Upon completion of the MA degree in Applied Anthropology, students will demonstrate:
- Substantive knowledge of the discipline; including its theories, methods, and approaches.
- Specialized skills and knowledge applicable within a subdiscipline of anthropology.
- Experience in the application of anthropological theories and methods outside of an academic setting.
- Familiarity with ethical standards and conduct in anthropological research, teaching, and service.
- The ability to conduct research, undertake projects, and communicate at a professional level.