Plan A

The thesis option must consist of a minimum of 30 semester credits of course work concentrated in anthropological areas relevant to the participant’s professional goals.  The thesis is the culmination of a research project carried out by the student under the guidance of his or her advisor.  A final examination consists of a defense of the thesis, as well as other parts of the program of study.

Plan B

The non-thesis option is intended for students seeking development of an understanding of anthropology which will allow them to move on to a PhD program in anthropology, or be incorporated in their work.  Plan B students are expected to take a more broadly distributed series of courses and to show less specialization than that which characterizes Plan A programs of study.

Requirements for Plan B are a minimum of 36 credits of study. Students must complete a portfolio of work demonstrating both the breadth of their understanding of anthropology and their own area of specialization, selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. A final examination consists of a defense of the portfolio, as well as other parts of the program of study.

Effective Spring 2013

Plan A

The thesis option must consist of a minimum of 30 semester credits of course work concentrated in anthropological areas relevant to the participant’s professional goals. The thesis is the culmination of a research project carried out by the student under the guidance of his or her advisor. A final examination consists of a defense of the thesis, as well as other parts of the program of study.

Plan B

The non-thesis option is intended for students seeking development of an understanding of Anthropology which will allow them to move on to a PhD program in Anthropology, or be incorporated in their work. Plan B students are expected to take a more broadly distributed series of courses and to show less specialization than that which characterizes Plan A programs of study.

Requirements for Plan B are a minimum of 36 credits of study. Students must complete a portfolio of work demonstrating both the breadth of their understanding of Anthropology and their own area of specialization, selected in consultation with the student’s advisor. A final examination consists of a defense of the portfolio, as well as other parts of the program of study.

ANTH 500Development of Anthropological Theory3
GRAD 544Ethical Conduct of Research1
Select one methods course integrated with the student's program of study in consultation with advisor. 3-4
Select at least three credits in a 500- or 600-level anthropology course outside the student's subfield of specialization (archaeology, socio-cultural or biological anthropology). 3
Select at least six credits from departments outside of Anthropology. The courses should be integrated with the student's program of study. 6
Program Total Credits:16-17
  • A minimum of 18 hours of regular course work in Anthropology is required. This excludes independent study.
  • A maximum of six credits of ANTH 695 will be allowed towards graduation under the Plan A option. A minimum of 3 credits of ANTH 695 is required toward graduation under the Plan B option.
  • A maximum of six credits of ANTH 699 will be allowed towards graduation under Plan A. No credits of ANTH 699 will be allowed toward graduation under Plan B.