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Program Requirements ← Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology

Program Requirements

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After accep­tance into the MA in Applied Anthropology pro­gram, the fol­low­ing require­ments must be met for eli­gi­bil­ity to grad­u­ate with the MA degree: 

  • 35 units (5 units at the Summer Institute, then 30 units online)
  • 26 units grad­u­ate core require­ments (see below)
  • 9 elec­tive units
    • 6 units (usu­ally 2 courses) graduate-level anthro­pol­ogy elec­tives taken dur­ing the pro­gram and cho­sen from courses offered through the program.
    • 3 units (usu­ally one course) out­side elec­tive. This course shall be from a dis­ci­pline out­side of Anthropology (advisor-approved grad­u­ate level taken before or dur­ing the pro­gram, or an upper divi­sion under­grad­u­ate course taken dur­ing the program).
  • A max­i­mum of 3 units from out­side HSU may be counted toward the degree (only “out­side” elec­tive course).
  • Preliminary Exams: Taken at the end of the Summer Institute — must be passed to con­tinue in the program.
  • Field Placement / Internship: At least 180 hours, arranged in con­sul­ta­tion with advisor.
  • Thesis: Approved by a two-member committee.
  • Oral Defense of Thesis: In-person or via Skype or other live video media.
  • All degree require­ments must be com­pleted within the spec­i­fied time­frame unless extended by successful petition:
    • Full-time Program: 5 unit Summer Institute + 10 units per semes­ter for 3 semes­ters (plus a max­i­mum two addi­tional semes­ters to com­plete the­sis with com­mit­tee approval).
    • Part-time Program: 5 unit Summer Institute + 4–6 units per semes­ter for 6 semes­ters (plus a max­i­mum two addi­tional semes­ters to com­plete the­sis with com­mit­tee approval).
  • Each semes­ter stu­dents are expected to main­tain at least a 3.0 GPA aver­age and pass all courses will a C or better.
  • Students are required 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.
  • Students are also expected to have or gain suf­fi­cient knowl­edge in their focus area to com­plete a qual­ity the­sis and become pre­pared to pur­sue a career or fur­ther grad­u­ate research in that area — in some cases, this may require addi­tional elec­tive courses to be selected in con­sul­ta­tion with your advisor.
  • Prior to grad­u­a­tion, appli­ca­tion for advance­ment to can­di­dacy must be com­pleted and on file with Graduate Studies.
  • The above require­ments are in addi­tion to any other require­ments estab­lished by the pro­gram dur­ing courses, on this web­site, or in the Graduate Student Book, and gen­eral require­ments estab­lished by HSU Graduate Studies, or as spec­i­fied in the University Catalog under Master’s Degree Requirements or Applied Anthropology MA, or as described in the Graduate Student Handbook or dur­ing MA pro­gram courses.
  • Once the above require­ments are met, the student’s Thesis com­mit­tee and the MA Program Coordinator will rec­om­mend the stu­dent for grad­u­a­tion to the Dean of Graduate Studies. Once the Dean is sat­is­fied that the work meets the stan­dards set forth by the University, the stu­dent will grad­u­ate with an MA in Applied Anthropology.

Code of Ethics

Students are required 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. Please con­tact the HSU Institutional Review Board for poli­cies and pro­ce­dures for all projects/research involv­ing human sub­jects, and the HSU IACUC for projects/research involv­ing non­hu­man ani­mal subjects.

Core Requirements

(26 units, all courses required for all students)

  • ANTH 670 Introduction to Applied Anthropology (2 units — Summer Institute)
  • ANTH 671 Methods in Applied Anthropology (3 units — Summer Institute)
  • ANTH 672 Theory in Applied Anthropology (3 units, online)
  • ANTH 673 Anthropology in Practice (3 units, online)
  • ANTH 674 Project Design and Management (3 units, online)
  • ANTH 675 Applied Anthropology Field Placement (3 units, online)
  • ANTH 678 Pro Seminar (3 units total, online)
  • ANTH 690 Thesis/Field Research (6 units, online)

See Course Descriptions for more infor­ma­tion on core courses.

Electives

(9 units required)

All elec­tives must be advisor-approved and rel­e­vant to the MA pro­gram and the student’s focus. 

  • 6 units (usu­ally 2 courses) Anthropology Depth: Must be graduate-level Anthropology Electives taken dur­ing the program.
  • 3 units (usu­ally 1 course) Breadth/Applied Focus: Students must take one course from a dis­ci­pline out­side of Anthropology (a grad­u­ate level taken before or dur­ing the pro­gram, or an upper divi­sion under­grad­u­ate course taken dur­ing the program)

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