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
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.
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 that they:
- Exhibit substantive knowledge of the discipline, and an advanced ability to apply disciplinary principles, theories, methods and approaches.
- 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.
- Display knowledge and competency in all areas of anthropological ethics, cultural relativism and social responsibility as applied to research, teaching and service.
- Model life-long learning, and evince effective multi-modal communication, adaptability, perseverance, and proactive marketing of anthropological skills.