Mar 01, 2021  
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 [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 CUNY system. The program has a commitment to a four-field approach to graduate training, requiring coursework in cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, and anthropological linguistics in order to prepare students for flexibility in future careers in research, teaching, and related fields.

The program is scheduled primarily 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. Some MA students are accepted to PhD programs before completing the 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’s 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 and grants are also available for students in the program to participate in field schools and to conduct field research. Please see our website and contact the graduate adviser for more 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 cultural anthropology (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.

4. Foreign Language Requirement

A reading knowledge of at least one foreign language appropriate to the field of specialization, or a demonstrated competence in statistics is required. Consult the graduate adviser for more information.

5. A Master’s Thesis

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