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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)
  • 6 units graduate-level anthropology electives (usually 2 courses) taken during the program and chosen from courses offered through the program.
  • 3 units (usually one course) breadth/applied focus elective. This course shall be from a discipline outside of Anthropology (graduate level taken before the program that was not applied toward the BA, or a graduate or upper division undergraduate course taken during the program).
  • A maximum of 3 units from outside HSU may be counted toward the degree (only “breadth/applied focus” 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 committee of at least two members.
  • 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 a minimum 3.0 GPA to remain in the program. All classes must be passed with a B- or better to count towards the degree.
  • 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 advisor-approved/requested elective courses, training, time spent on-campus, access to materials/resources off campus, demonstration of skills mastery to advisor/thesis committee, or other requirements.
  • 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, communicated by faculty, on this website, and gen­eral require­ments estab­lished by HSU Graduate Studies, or as spec­i­fied in the University Catalog under Master’s Degree Requirements. or Applied Anthropology MA.
  • 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 (IRB) for policies and procedures for all projects/research involving human subjects, and the HSU IACUC for projects/research involving nonhuman animal subjects. Data collected before obtaining IRB/IACUC approval may not be used for the thesis, and may violate ethical guidelines.

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 and chosen from courses offered through the program.
  • 3 units (usually 1 course) Breadth/Applied Focus: This course shall be from a discipline outside of Anthropology (graduate-level course taken before the program that was not applied toward the BA, or a graduate or upper division undergraduate course taken during the program).

INFORMATION FOR CURRENT STUDENTS