Anthropology (MS)

Summary

The program is designed to provide an advanced education with an opportunity to develop skills within the field. Applied Anthropology utilizes anthropological methods and theories to solve practical problems. The program is centered on a dedication to a four-field approach that provides a strong foundation for our students while they pursue specialization within one of the four fields. Graduates of our Master’s program find work in the public and private sectors or go on to further their education in PhD programs across the country.

Catalog Year

2020-2021

Degree

MS

Credits

30

Locations

Mankato

Accreditation

Program Requirements

Common Core

A brief intensive hands-on introduction to an anthropological topic usually as it applies to a particular issue or skill. Topics vary but might include: Understanding that race is not a scientific concept; combating racism and ethnocentrism; participant observation methods; culture shock; cultural diversity and communication; forensics; cultural resource conservation.

Prerequisites: none

A comprehensive historical overview of the major theoretical schools of thought in anthropology. Special emphasis given to assumptions, methods of data collection and analysis, and major issues surrounding each theoretical perspective.

Prerequisites: none

An advanced seminar examining the ways anthropologists pratice anthropology. The course explores theoretical foundations and issues related to the professional practice of anthropology and focuses on developing necessary skills for sound professional practice.

Prerequisites: none

Practical field experience, usually under the supervision of some off-campus professional.

Prerequisites: none

Research/Methods Course(s)

Advanced review of major qualitative and quantitative methods used in anthropological research. Course is also intended to aid students in the preparation of the thesis proposal.

Prerequisites: none

Unrestricted Electives

Choose 10 Credit(s).

Capstone Course

Choose 3 - 6 Credit(s).

Preparation of an alternate plan paper or applied project under supervision of the student's graduate advisor. Prerequisite: must be enrolled in the MS program in Anthropology.

Prerequisites: none

Preparation on the master's thesis.

Prerequisites: none

Degree Plan

The Degree Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual degree plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Fall - 9 Credits

A comprehensive historical overview of the major theoretical schools of thought in anthropology. Special emphasis given to assumptions, methods of data collection and analysis, and major issues surrounding each theoretical perspective.

Prerequisites: none

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

Spring - 6 Credits

A comprehensive historical overview of the major theoretical schools of thought in anthropology. Special emphasis given to assumptions, methods of data collection and analysis, and major issues surrounding each theoretical perspective.

Prerequisites: none

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

Second Year

Fall - 9 Credits

Advanced review of major qualitative and quantitative methods used in anthropological research. Course is also intended to aid students in the preparation of the thesis proposal.

Prerequisites: none

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

Spring - 6 Credits

An advanced seminar examining the ways anthropologists pratice anthropology. The course explores theoretical foundations and issues related to the professional practice of anthropology and focuses on developing necessary skills for sound professional practice.

Prerequisites: none

Practical field experience, usually under the supervision of some off-campus professional.

Prerequisites: none

Third Year

Fall - 3 Credits

Preparation on the master's thesis.

Prerequisites: none

Spring - 1 Credits

Preparation on the master's thesis.

Prerequisites: none