The Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology at Humboldt State University is a rigorous yet flexible program designed to prepare students for in-demand careers in today’s public and private sector job market (e.g., researchers, administrators, program developers, advocates), and also for teaching at the college level or for further study at a Ph.D. program. Those with a focus in archaeology are also prepared for eligibility to become Registered Professional Archaeologists.
The MA in Applied Anthropology is a limited residency degree program. Upon entering the program, students first attend a five-week (5-unit) Summer Institute held annually on the HSU campus. The focus of the Summer Institute is to build comradery among the faculty and cohort while offering rigorous hands-on methods training specific to the student’s field of interest; while on campus, students will have access to departmental facilities such as the Archaeology and Biological Anthropology laboratories, the simulated archaeological site, and the Cultural Resources Facility.
Upon successful completion of the Summer Institute, students will undertake the balance of their 35 required units of coursework via online distance learning. Students are not required to physically be on campus during this time, allowing flexibility to fit the program around daily lives, locations, and any need/desire to conduct fieldwork/research off-campus. Students that would like to be on campus are of course welcomed and encouraged to do so and will have access to departmental facilities.
Students have the option of completing the program either full-time (Summer Institute + 3, 10-unit semesters) or part-time (Summer Institute + 6, 4–6 unit semesters).
This program aims to produces skilled practitioners at the MA level. Some examples of areas in which students may pursue a project/thesis include:
- Archaeology:Cultural Resources Management, Museum Studies, Bioarchaeology
- Biological Anthropology:Forensics, Primate Ecology & Conservation, Evolutionary Medicine, Human Ecology & Communication
- Cultural Anthropology:Development, Public Health, Ethnography, Media, Medical Anthropology
Upon completion of the MA degree in Applied Anthropology, students will demonstrate:
- Substantive knowledge of the discipline; including its theories, methods, and approaches.
- Specialized skills and knowledge applicable within a subdiscipline of anthropology.
- Experience in the application of anthropological theories and methods outside of an academic setting.
- Familiarity with ethical standards and conduct in anthropological research, teaching, and service.
- The ability to conduct research, undertake projects, and communicate at a professional level.
Visit the Anthropology Department website information on the Anthropology Department and its resources and faculty.