3140 Anthropology

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Anthropology

Department of Anthropology
33 Gilmer Street
Georgia State University
P.O. Box 3998
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Kathryn A. Kozaitis, Chair
Emanuela Guano, Director of Graduate Studies

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program in anthropology provides rigorous training in anthropological theories, methods, and skills. The program is dedicated to the investigation of a broad range of social, cultural, political-economic, and biological issues, processes, and problems pertaining to the human experience in its present and past dimensions. The Department of Anthropology program utilizes resources in metropolitan Atlanta to promote student learning.

Students may select to conduct basic or applied research in consultation with their primary advisor and in line with career aspirations. They may seek comprehensive training in anthropological methods and theory in anticipation of pursuing an academic career in anthropology or enhancing their education in another discipline. Alternatively, they may pursue specialized training in methods, problems, and theories for a career in urban applied anthropology–applications of anthropological knowledge to assess and help meet community needs, identify and help solve social problems, or write and help to implement policy. For example, students who seek training in applied sociocultural anthropology conduct participatory action research in urban domains of policy and practice, including medical, educational, and other social servicesettings. Students with career interests in public archaeology study within cultural resource management (CRM) firms and museums. All students have the option to complete an internship for academic credit as part of their curriculum in such agencies as CARE, the Carter Center, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and at any of the multiple human service organization that serve immigrants and refugees in metropolitan Atlanta.

In order to provide graduate students with training specific to their career goals, the program offers a Thesis Option and a Practicum Option. Students may choose either option in consultation with their advisor. The Thesis Option requires primary basic research on an issue relative to the student’s subdiscipline of concentration, e.g. archaeological, biological, cultural, or linguistic anthropology. The Practicum Option requires primary applied research on a problem relative to the student’s chosen domain of professional anthropology, e.g. health, education, business, cultural preservation, museums, forensics, development, advocacy, policy, community building, and other programs and interventions to advance social justice. The M.A. program is designed to be completed in two years. During the first year, all students are required to demonstrate competence in topics, theories, and methods of anthropology through completion of a four-course core curriculum. This includes training in the use of qualitative and quantitative methods to develop critical perspectives on socio-cultural issues. Additional coursework is completed in consultation with the faculty. During their second year, students are expected to develop their own areas of interest and expertise within the broader framework of the program. Students are encouraged to take advantage of resources in other departments and schools at Georgia State University, and of neighboring institutions such as Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Atlanta University Center, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the University of Georgia, and the Georgia Regents University in Augusta. Students can also choose to participate in our department’s collaborative programs with the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, the Atlanta History Center, the Georgia State University’s Heritage Preservation Program, the Atlanta Zoo, and a number of local museums and CRM firms.

Applicants may obtain additional information about the Department of Anthropology by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Anthropology has the following requirements:

  1. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s potential to do graduate work in anthropology.
  2. A supplemental application form provided by the department.
  3. Curriculum vita or resume.
  4. Writing sample

Degree Requirements

  • Thesis Option (33 hours)
  • Practicum Option (33 hours)
  • Internship Option

The following courses are required:

  1.  ANTH 8000 Anthropological Theory and Praxis (3)
    • ANTH 8040 Seminar in Anthropology (3) or ANTH 8050 Seminar in Applied Anthropology (3)
    • One course at the 6000 or 8000 level in Biological Anthropology
    • One course at the 6000 or 8000 level in Archaeology
  2. One of the following methods courses (as relevant to the student’s MA concentration):
    • ANTH 6670 Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology (3) or ANTH 8010 Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 6360 Methods and Theories in Biological Anthropology (4) or ANTH 6370 Forensic Anthropology (3)
    • ANTH 6590 Archaeological Methods (4)
  3. Additional 6000/8000-level anthropology courses in area of specialization to achieve a total of 33 semester hours for thesis option and 36 semester hours for practicum and internship options. Up to six hours of graduate courses may be taken outside the anthropology program.
  4. Proficiency in a foreign language or approved research skill
  5. A general written and oral examination must be passed on or near the completion of coursework requirements.
  6. Thesis option: Either six credit hours of ANTH 8999* (Thesis Research), or three credit hours of ANTH 8999* plus ANTH 8060 (Writing Seminar in Anthropology).
  7. Practicum option: Either three credit hours of ANTH 8990* (Research Practicum), or ANTH 8060 (Writing Seminar in Anthropology).
  8. Internship option: Three credit hours of ANTH 8910* (Internship).
  9. Oral defense of thesis, research practicum paper, or internship paper.

* Indicates courses graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. Grades do not affect GPA.