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College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Anthropology
226 Lowry Hall
Students in the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Anthropology receive training in three fields: cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology. The research-oriented program encourages students to develop their own projects or participate in existing projects by their second semester. The program provides students with the training either to continue study in a doctoral (Ph.D.) degree program or to obtain employment after graduation. More than 80 percent of M.A. graduates continue for the Ph.D. or find employment in an area directly related to their training.
Official transcript(s), 3.0 GPA, GRE, goal statement and three letters of recommendation. Please refer to the University policy for graduate admissions.
Minimum total 36 credit hours, comprising minimums of 30 hours of graduate credit and 6 hours of thesis work.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of this program will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a holistic view of human cultures. They are to appreciate that our global species is a social and cultural as well as a biological organism, with a past that is historic, prehistoric, and geological. A student who wishes to emphasize socio-cultural anthropology will demonstrate a fundamental appreciation of diverse human and institutional behavior. Cultural anthropology M.A. students demonstrate their learning and experience with an original thesis.
2. Appreciate and demonstrate how anthropologists investigate the past using the methods of the social sciences and the natural sciences, particularly geography and geology. Students who earn the general MA degree in anthropology will demonstrate comprehension of anthropology’s special role in making archaeology, particularly the study of prehistoric Ohio, woodland North America, and Mesoamerica, come to life and become relevant for them. In addition, these students will gain a special appreciation of archaeology’s other mandate—the need to conserve the precious heritage of the archaeological record, not only Ohio’s but that of the Americas and the Old World as well. Students present an original thesis.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of biological anthropology as the most relevant evolution science, the one which gives them an appreciation of their own place in nature. They will see the two dimensions of human evolution and adaptation: a global one (modern human variation); and a deep temporal one (human origins). Both dimensions require an appreciation of the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution, which includes both the process of natural selection and also the roles which genetics and developmental biology play in adaptation and evolution. Students will appreciate the urgency of primate and rainforest conservation. Students defend an original thesis or publish an original manuscript in a good journal in ecology, primatology, biology, or biological anthropology.
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