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Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Graduate Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology - MA

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The Department of Anthropology at Hunter College offers the only master’ s program in general anthropology within the City University. The program has a commitment to a four-field approach to graduate training, requiring a substantial background in cultural anthropology (ethnology), physical anthropology, anthropological archaeology and anthropological linguistics, in order to prepare students for flexibility in future careers in research, teaching and related fields. 

The entire program is scheduled in the evening, to accommodate students who hold full-time jobs.

Virtually all students who complete the MA program and apply to PhD programs at other institutions are admitted to a program.

A substantial proportion of MA students are accepted in PhD programs before completing requirements for the Hunter MA.  Hunter MA students may take courses at the CUNY Graduate Center. Most of the Hunter anthropology faculty are also members of the faculty of the Graduate Center doctoral program in anthropology.

Students are encouraged to participate in faculty research, much of which is externally funded, providing limited opportunities for part-time employment. Scholarships are also available for students in the program to participate in field schools and to conduct field research. Write or email the graduate adviser for further information. 

Requirements for Admission

In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission, students must have at least 9 credits in undergraduate anthropology or a related field, although in special cases this requirement may be waived.

Requirements for the Degree

1. 30 credits

A minimum of 30 credits beyond the BA

2. Fields of the discipline

The program of study must be chosen to fulfill a general knowledge in all four fields of the discipline. The four fields are: anthropological linguistics, anthropological archaeology, biological anthropology, and ethnology.

Additional Information

The examinations in each of these courses represent the qualifying exam for each of the four fields. Students are required to pass those courses with a grade of “B” or better. Students are strongly advised to complete these courses early in their graduate training. Overlaps in undergraduate and graduate course requirements for BA/MA students may justify some adjustments in consultation with the graduate adviser on a case-by-case basis, but qualifying exams will be required in any case. BA/MA students must complete the requirements for both degrees.

4. Foreign language

A reading knowledge of at least one foreign language appropriate to the field of specialization, or a demonstrated competence in statistics

5. A master’s thesis

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