M.A. in Applied Anthropology

Charlotte Sunseri 

Charlotte Sunseri
Graduate Coordinator

      

The M.A. in Applied Anthropology is designed to help students develop skills in applying or using anthropological knowledge which can be used across a wide range of careers. Specifically, its mission is to enable students to build on their knowledge of cultural anthropology, physical anthropology and archaeology to address real world problems and issues. The program seeks to provide a structure through which students can develop as practitioners by working closely with faculty on projects that are often done in collaboration with regional organizations. Graduates of our program have secured positions in public, private, and non-profit organizations as researchers, designers, administrators, and program developers. The M.A. program is built around three broad sets of research skills: (1) ethnographic methods for understanding how social systems, including organizations and communities, function in the regional environment; (2) assessment and evaluation skills, especially those based on qualitative methods that complement quantitative methods; and (3) the planning and design of programs, organizations, services, and artifacts.

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Degree Requirements

Core Courses (18 units)

Students must successfully complete ANTH 230 Advanced Theory, ANTH 231 Applications Core I, ANTH 232 Applications Core II, ANTH 233 Domains of Application, ANTH 234 Advanced Research Methods, ANTH 235 Quantitative Methods.*

Anthropology Depth Requirement (6 units)

Students must successfully complete two 3-unit upper-division anthropology courses approved by a faculty advisor.**

Fields of Application Requirement (6 units)

Students must successfully complete two 3-unit upper-division anthropology courses approved by a faculty advisor.**

Total Units:                                                             36 units

Notes:

*Course approved by graduate coordinator may be substituted for ANTH 235.

**SJSU Studies Courses or ANTH 191 or ANTH/PSYC/SOCI 193 may not be used for Anthropology Depth or Fields of Application Requirements.