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Anthropology, Thesis, MA

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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Faculty

Bruna, Sean, PhD, sovereignty, applied anthropology, medical anthropology, chronic disease prevention, community based participatory research (CBPR) Native North America, U.S. Southwest.
Boxberger, Daniel L., PhD, ethnohistory, method and theory, indigenous rights, Native North America, Northwest coast.
Campbell, Sarah, PhD, Pacific Northwest prehistory, archaeological method and theory, cultural resource management.
Fisher, Josh, PhD, economics/environmental anthropology, critical development studies, feminist political economy, postcolonial theories/methods; Latin America, Nicaragua.
Hammond, Joyce D., PhD, visual anthropology, gender studies, expressive culture, fieldwork methods, and Pacific Asian Rim tourism.
Koetje, Todd A., PhD, archaeology, quantitative methods, spatial studies, method and theory, paleolithic Old World, paleoindian-archaic Northeast U.S.
Loucky, James, PhD, applied anthropology, socialization, immigration, cross-cultural education, Latin America.
Monson, Tesla, PhD, primate fossil record, skeletal and dental variation, life history, reproductive ecology, human evolution, Africa, Americas.
Mosher, M. J., PhD, anthropological genetics, epigenetics, nutrition, adipokines, human variation and adaptation, Arctic Populations.
Pine, Judith, PhD, linguistic anthropology, literacy theory, indigenousness, globalization/borders, language maintenance/endangerment, upland peoples of SE Asia/SW China.
Young, Kathleen, PhD, gender, religion, war and violence, death and dying, cross-cultural law.
Yu, Yeon Jung, PhD, social networks, medical anthropology, gender, migration/immigration, mixed methods, East Asia.

Program Advisor: Dr. Sarah Campbell, Arntzen Hall 342


  • Provide structured training in academic core, appropriate specialization courses, and experience conducting independent research
  • Prepare students for a variety of professional careers utilizing anthropology (e.g. social services, international corporations, cultural resource management, forensics, public health)
  • Prepare students for PhD programs or other advanced degrees.


Undergraduate major in anthropology or related field such as human biology, linguistics, classical studies, history, women’s studies, sociology and other social sciences. Applicants with insufficient background in theory, quantitative or qualitative methods relevant to their field of study may be required to take undergraduate classes before entering the program. Applicants are directed to the current course requirements in the appropriate undergraduate anthropology major for an indication of the preparation expected.

Application Information

Deadline: Please see Graduate School deadlines. Preferred consideration for admission will be given to applicants who have complete files by January 15.

TA Deadline: Preferred consideration will be given to applicants who have complete files by January 15.

Specific Entrance and Test Requirements

  • A 500-word essay stating reasons for wanting to do graduate work in anthropology, and indicating major interests within anthropology
  • Graduate Record Exam, General Test

Both the essay and the GRE are required for admission, but the GRE may be waived for applicants with advanced degrees.

Program Requirements (45 credits)

Course Electives:

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