Program Requirements

Becoming a professional anthropologist

The Master of Science in Applied Anthropology is a 36-hour degree program that requires the completion of an internship and a research project. For the research requirement, you will be asked to either complete a practicum, which consists of an applied project with a corresponding report, or a written thesis detailing your original research. Both the internship experience and research project build your professional skill set, preparing you for success in the field.

Degree requirements (minimum of 36 hours)

* Core Requirements (21 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
ANT 701 Colloquium in Applied Anthropology 3 hrs
ANT 705 Anthropological Theory and Practice 3 hrs
ANT 770 Research Design and Writing in Anthropology 3 hrs
ANT 790 Internship in Applied Anthropology 3 hrs
ANT 795 Directed Reading 3 hrs

ANT 797


Practicum in Applied Anthropology

6 hrs 

Electives, Group 1 (6 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours

ANT 600


ANT 645

Applied Cultural Anthropology


Cultural Resource Management

3 hrs


ANT 611


ANT 650

Ethnographic Field Methods


Advanced Methods in Archaeology


3 hrs


Electives, Group 2 (9 hours). Any graduate level course in ANT as approved by advisory.  May include one or more of the following courses: ANT 605, ANT 614, ANT 615, ANT 616, ANT 626, ANT 655, ANT 698,, ANT 769, ANT 751; ANT 600, ANT 645,ANT 611, and ANT 650 not taken as a Group 1 Elective.

Internship. Every student will complete an internship of at least 200 hours with an approved organization. It is the responsibility of the student to arrange this internship, in consultation with his or her advisor. Completion of the internship requires submission of a detailed report or portfolio and an oral presentation to the anthropology faculty and graduate students.

Advisory Committee. Every student will be assigned a faculty advisor, who will supervise the course of study. An advisory committee of at least three professors from the Graduate Faculty will be formed to evaluate the practicum or thesis. This committee may include an additional member from another university, or an agency or organization, when appropriate.

Research. Upon completion of the core courses, electives, and internship, each student will submit a proposal for a research project. This proposal shall be prepared in consultation with the student’s advisor. When completed, the graduate director will convene a hearing with the student’s advisory committee for final approval.

  1. Practicum. The student wil conduct an applied research project from beginning to completion. The final report will serve as the equivalent of a thesis.

Comprehensive Examination. Upon completion of a thesis or a practicum report, a hearing will be held and the student will be examined by the advisory committee. Each student will also give a public presentation on his or her research.