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Graduate: Anthropology

  • Program Overview

    Anthropology Department

    The Department of Anthropology, within the College of Arts and Sciences, offers a graduate program leading to the M.A. degree. In the M.A. program candidates may study toward a master’s in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, or physical anthropology. Admission and degree requirements are the same but the course of study differs. 

    The M.A. Program in Anthropology is designed for students who wish to pursue anthropological training for careers in education or for those whose undergraduate training did not prepare them for doctoral level work in Anthropology. Full-time or part-time attendance is possible. Students are expected to choose their subfield (archaeology, social/cultural anthropology or physical anthropology) and contact the Anthropology faculty member with whom they wish to study prior to application. However, the admissions committee, not individual faculty members, make admissions decisions. By the time they have completed 15 credits of graduate work, students are expected to request a guidance committee consisting of three faculty members, at least two of whom must be members of the Anthropology Department, who will guide them through the preparation of a thesis proposal and the completion of the M.A. thesis.

  • Admissions

    Admission Requirements of Anthropology Department

    In addition to the admission requirements of the Graduate School, the Department of Anthropology requires:

    A. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) in all undergraduate coursework and 3.25 (3.0=B) in the major field of concentration;

    B. Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test;

    C. Test of English as a Foreign Language for non-native speakers of English, with a minimum score of 550 (paper), 220 (computer based), or 90 (iBT).

    D. Acceptance by the Department of Anthropology and the Graduate School. 

  • Degree Requirements

    Requirements for the M.A. in Anthropology with Concentrations in Archaeology, Social/Cultural Anthropology, and Physical Anthropology

    In addition to the requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

    A. Completion of a minimum of 30 graduate credits, maintaining a 3.0 average;

    B. A course of study planned and carried out with the approval of the student’s M.A. guidance committee (this may require examinations, library research, laboratory study, and/or fieldwork as the basis of the M.A. thesis, which must be accepted by a committee appointed by the program—no final defense is required);

    C. Minimum residence of one year.

    The requirements for the three tracks in Anthropology differ, but students may take courses in the other sub-disciplines as electives. The requirements are as follows:


    1. ANT 515 Theory and Method in Archaeology: 4 credits

    2. ANT 527 Field Methods and Techniques in Archaeology*: 6 credits

    3. Graduate Statistics Course (Approved by Committee): 3 credits

    4. ANT 599 M.A. Thesis Research: 6 credits

    5. Electives chosen from among ANT 510, ANT 511, ANT 512, ANT 513, ANT 514, ANT 516, ANT 517, ANT 518, ANT 519, ANT 526, and other courses offered in Anthropology, History, Ecology and Evolution, Marine Sciences, or other programs chosen with the approval of the student’s guidance committee: 11 credits

    Total: 30 credits

    * In some instances equivalent courses may be accepted if they have been previously approved by the student’s guidance committee.

    Social/Cultural Anthropology

    1. ANT 520 Principles of Social and Cultural Anthropology: 4 credits

    2. ANT 540 Readings in Ethnography and Ethnology: 3 credits

    3. ANT 599 M.A. Thesis Research: 6 credits

    4. Electives chosen from among ANT 500, ANT 501, ANT 509, ANT 561, ANT 602, ANT 620, ANT 640, and other courses offered in Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, or other programs chosen with the approval of the student’s guidance committee: 17 credits

    Total: 30 credits

    Physical Anthropology

    1. ANT 564 Primate Evolution: 4 credits

    2. ANT 565 Human Evolution: 4 credits

    3. ANT 567 Primate Behavior and Ecology: 4 credits

    4. BEE 552 Biometry: 4 credits

    5. ANT 599 M.A. Thesis Research: 6 credits

    6. Electives chosen from among other courses in Anthropology, Ecology and Evolution, Anatomy, or other programs chosen with approval of the student’s guidance committee: 8 credits

    Total: 30 credits 

  • Facilities

    Facilities of Anthropology Department

    Research and teaching facilities are maintained for the study of human and primate anatomy and evolution, lithic technology, zooarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), dental structure and microwear, and primate endocrinology. The archaeology and physical anthropology laboratories contain 3D scanning/digitizing equipment and analysis software. The GIS Laboratory contains eight networked Pentium computers configured to run ArcGIS 9 software. The laboratory for endocrine analyses contains a gamma counter and a plate reader necessary for most immunoassays.

    Teaching collections include primate and hominin fossil cast collections as well as modern human skeletons; Near Eastern ceramics; stone tools from North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa; and faunal assemblages from North America and Southwest Asia.

    Students may be invited to participate in ongoing archaeological, ethnographic, paleontological, or primatological field research conducted by the faculty in North America, Africa, Madagascar, Europe and the Mediterranean, East and Southeast Asia, and Southwest Asia (the Middle East).

  • Faculty
  • Contact

    Anthropology Department

    Frederick Grine, Ward Melville Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, N-549, (631) 632-7622

    Director of M.A. Program
    Gabrielle Russo, Ward Melville Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, S-541

    Academic Programs Coordinator
    Tara Powers, Ward Melville Social and Behavioral Sciences Building, S-503, (631) 632-7606

    Degree Awarded
    M.A. in Anthropology 

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