Public Anthropology (MA)

Offered by the Department of Anthropology, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Applicants must meet the minimum university requirements for admission to graduate study. Admission is based on academic record, two academic letters of reference, and an example of the applicant's work, e.g., a term paper. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are required.

Degree Requirements

  • 33 credit hours of approved graduate work
    • No more than 12 credit hours earned in a graduate certificate program may be transferred to the Public Anthropology (MA)
  • Tracks: Cultural/Social Anthropology or Archaeology
  • Capstone experience: completion of substantial research project or thesis
    • Substantial research project must be approved by a committee of two members, one of whom must be a member of the American University faculty
    • Thesis must be approved by a committee including at least two members from the American University faculty

Course Requirements

Core (15 credit hours)

Methods (3 credit hours)

Complete one course from the following: 

Tracks (15 credit hours)

Complete one of the following:

Cultural/Social Anthropology

Complete 15 credit hours from the following: 

Note: Students choosing the thesis option complete 3 credit hours of ANTH-797 Master's Thesis Seminar. Students may receive credit for no more than 3 credit hours of ANTH-691; and no more than 9 credit hours of ANTH-590 and ANTH-690 

Archaeology

Complete 15 credit hours from the Archaeology track: 

Note: Students choosing the thesis option complete 3 credit hours of ANTH-797 Master's Thesis Seminar. Students may receive credit for no more than 3 credit hours of ANTH-691; and no more than 9 credit hours of ANTH-690. Students with field archaeology experience are strongly encouraged to take ANTH-560 Summer Field School: Archaeology 

Required
Electives

Complete 12 credit hours from the following: