Master of Arts in Anthropology
STUDY THE PAST AND PRESENT. BUILD A FUTURE.
The skills of an anthropologist are becoming more valued in an evolving economy, with the job market for successful graduates expected to grow 15% between now and 2016.* The MA in Anthropology focuses on providing incoming students with the training and conceptual skills necessary to pursue careers in cultural anthropology, archaeology, cultural resource management, social policy, teaching, community engagement, and geographic information systems (GIS).
Students benefit from a relationship with well-regarded faculty members who are not only active leaders in their fields, but impassioned teachers and mentors. The program emphasizes professionalization and research experience by offering students unique opportunities to conduct ethnographic fieldwork and/or actively participate in archaeological excavation, mapping, and analysis.
MA students have the flexibility to focus their studies on either archaeology or socio-cultural anthropology, and emerge well-prepared for further graduate education in anthropology or to pursue a multitude of career paths.
Courses are taught by highly regarded faculty with active research projects that provide opportunity for enhanced student/faculty interaction.
The program has particular strengths in:
- the archaeology of the Americas, especially the historical archaeology of eastern North America
- the cultural anthropology of the Americas, including ethnographic fieldwork in Latin America
- geographic information systems
- ameliorating, rural poverty, social change, war and violence, patronage politics and the interpretation of landscapes