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Full-time 3-Semester Timeline – Fast Track ← Master's in Applied Anthropology

Full-time 3-Semester Timeline – Fast Track

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The full-time, 3-semester timeline is appropriate for those that are able to dedicate at least 30-40 hours per week to completing assignments and program requirements. Students that work full time or have heavy time commitments to other activities are advised to consider a part-time timeline, or a modified timeline in which one or more elective courses are completed during a fourth semester.

Summer Institute (5 units. 5 weeks at HSU before 1st Fall)

  • ANTH 670 Introduction to  Applied Anthropology (2 units)
  • ANTH 671 Methods in Applied Anthropology (3 units)
  • Milestones: Pass Preliminary Exams at the end of the Summer Institute. Decide whether to continue on the full-time or part-time track.
  • The Summer Institute begins with preparatory assignments typically completed during June, followed by the on-campus portion of the program typically beginning July. Please see Class Schedule for more details.

Full-time Semester 1, Fall (10+ units, online)

  • ANTH 672 Theory in Applied Anthropology (3 units)
  • ANTH 673 Anthropology in Practice (3 units)
  • ANTH 678 Pro Seminar (1 unit)
  • Elective (3+ units)
  • Milestones: Establish thesis chair and preliminary thesis plan. Make plans to complete IRB/IACUC approval (if applicable) before filing Advancement to Candidacy next semester.

Full-time Semester 2, Spring (10+ units, online)

  • ANTH 674 Project Design and Management (3 units)
  • ANTH 675 Applied Anthropology Field Placement (Internship)* (3 units)
  • ANTH 678 Pro Seminar (1 unit)
  • Elective (3+ units)
  • Milestones: Complete internship, form thesis committee, gain approval of thesis topic, file IRB/IACUC, file Advancement to Candidacy (due early February if you plan to graduate in Fall and walk in the preceding May graduation ceremony). Students will usually begin thesis research during the summer directly following this course (after IRB/IACUC approval).
  • Note: Anth 675  can also be completed during the Summer following this semester.

Full-time Semester 3, Fall (10+ units, online)

  • ANTH 678 Pro Seminar (1 unit)
  • ANTH 690 Thesis (6 units*)
  • Elective (3+ units)
  • Milestones: Thesis completed or progress approved by thesis committee. In-person/Skype oral defense of thesis before final written thesis submission (extension to a later semester will be granted if the thesis is not expected to be completed).
  • *Note: If thesis completion is not expected this semester, students are advised to sign up for fewer than 6 thesis units, and distribute the remaining units over (no more than 2) subsequent semesters to maintain continuous enrollment of at least one unit per semester. Many students find that a completing the thesis in the Spring (adding one more semester) is beneficial. If students complete all 6 thesis units before the thesis is completed, students shall enroll in one unit (x693) per semester to maintain Graduate Continuous Enrollment.

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