The Master of Arts in Anthropology
Course Requirements for the Masters Degree: 30 units
Continuous enrollment is required. A maximum of 9 semester units of transfer
credit may be applied toward the degree. Graduate Time Limit: All requirements
for the degree are to be completed within five years of the end of the
semester of enrollment in the oldest course applied toward the degree.
See Graduate Education in The University Catalog for complete details
on general degree requirements.
A Museum Studies option is available under the MA in Anthropology. See
Requirements for the MA Degree in Anthropology for specific information.
Prerequisites for Admission to Conditionally Classified Status:
1. Satisfactory grade point average as specified in Admission to Masters Degree Programs in The University Catalog.
2. Approval by the department and the Office of Graduate Programs.
3. An acceptable baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or an equivalent
approved by the Office of Graduate Programs. If the applicants previous
work is deficient in Anthropology, the applicant will be required to take
courses prescribed by the graduate committee.
4. Letters of recommendation from at least two faculty members familiar
with the applicants studies or professional persons with whom the applicant
5. Brief autobiographical sketch and statement of your goals in Anthropology.
6. A combined score of at least 1000 on the verbal and quantitative portions
of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Prerequisites for Admission to Classified Status:
In addition to any requirements listed above:
Demonstration of strength in the broad range of modern Anthropology in
all of its subfields. This will normally be accomplished by successfully
completing ANTH 101, ANTH 102, ANTH 103, ANTH 104, ANTH 285, and ANTH 296
(or their equivalents) with a grade of B or better or by passing the challenge
examinations for these courses at an acceptable level.
Advancement to Candidacy:
In addition to any requirements listed above:
1. Classified graduate standing and completion at the university of at
least 9 units of the proposed program.
2. Removal of all unit and course deficiencies.
3. Formation of the graduate advisory committee by the end of the semester
in which classified status is granted. The committee shall consist of two
voting members who are tenured or tenure-track faculty in the CSU, Chico
Department of Anthropology.
4. Development of an approved program in consultation with the graduate
5. Successful completion of the Candidacy Examination by enrolling in ANTH
398 and writing three assigned papers, including one on socio-cultural
anthropology and two on two other areas selected by the student from physical
anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and museology. This examination
will be used to fulfill the literacy requirement.
Requirements for the MA Degree in Anthropology:
Completion of all requirements as established by the department graduate
committee, the graduate advisory committee, and the Office of Graduate
Programs, to include:
1. Completion of an approved program consisting of 30 units of 200/300-level
courses as follows. (NOTE: Museum Studies option candidates will complete
the prescribed course work listed below.)
(a) At least 21 units in the discipline
(b) At least 18 of the units required for the degree in
(c) At least 18 units in graduate courses, to include
ANTH 300; 9 units from ANTH 301, ANTH 302, and ANTH 303; an additional
3 units from any of the above graduate seminars except ANTH 300; ANTH 398,
(d) Not more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or extension
credit (correspondence courses and U.C. extension course work are not acceptable).
(e) At least 9 units completed after advancement to candidacy.
(f) Not more
than 15 units taken before admission to classified status.
(g) Not more
than 4 units of Independent Study (398); 1 to 3 units of Thesis (399).
2. Completion and final approval of a research thesis of adequate scope
and depth, which must be approved by the graduate advisory committee. Graduate
students must submit the final version of the thesis to the Graduate Coordinator
no later than the end of the eighth week of the semester in which they
intend to graduate.
3. Satisfactory completion of a comprehensive final oral examination in
the field of study. All candidates are required to take an oral examination
of two hours duration. The examination will cover the students course
work and area of specialization. In addition, the candidate is expected
to be prepared to defend the thesis.
4. Approval by the department graduate committee and the Graduate Coordinators
Committee on behalf of the faculty of the university.
THE OPTION IN MUSEUM STUDIES
21 units required:
ANTH 205 Museum Administration 3.0 FA
ANTH 261 Museum Collections Management 3.0 FA
ANTH 288A Exhibit Research and Design 3.0 SP
ANTH 288B Exhibit Installation 3.0 FA
ANTH 305 Seminar in Museum Studies 3.0 Inq
ANTH 389A Intern: Exhibit Research/Design 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ANTH 289B; consent of Museum Studies Coordinator.
Students may use any course from the ANTH 389A-ANTH 389E series to fulfill
ANTH 398 Independent Study 1.0-3.0 FS
ANTH 399 Masters Study 1.0-3.0 FS
6 units selected from:
ANTH 300 Core Seminar in Anthropology 3.0 FA
ANTH 301 Seminar in Physical Anthro 3.0 FA
ANTH 302 Seminar in Archaeology 3.0 SP
ANTH 303 Seminar in Cultural Anthro 3.0 SP
NOTE: ANTH 301, ANTH 302, or ANTH 303 may be replaced by an equivalent
graduate seminar from another discipline in consultation with the Museum
Students must select an additional 3 units of graduate seminar in Anthropology
or other appropriate discipline in consultation with the Museum Studies
Graduate Literacy Requirement:
Writing proficiency is a graduation requirement.
Anthropology Masters degree students will demonstrate their writing competence
on the Candidacy Examination (see Advancement to Candidacy above). Students
who do not meet departmental expectations will be required to seek help
with their writing and demonstrate adequate improvement before they can
proceed toward the degree.
Graduate Grading Requirements:
All courses in the major (with the exceptions of Independent Study-398
and Masters Study-399) must be taken for a letter grade, except those
courses specified by the department as ABC/No Credit (200-level courses),
AB/No Credit (300-level courses), or Credit/No Credit grading only. A maximum
of 10 units combined of ABC/No Credit, AB/No Credit, and Credit/No Credit
grades may be used on the approved program (including 398, 399, and courses
outside the major). While grading standards are determined by individual
programs and instructors, it is also the policy of the university that
unsatisfactory grades may be given when work fails to reflect achievement
of the high standards, including high writing standards, expected of students
pursuing graduate study.
Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average in all course work on
the approved masters degree program as well as in all course work taken
subsequent to admission to conditionally classified status.
Graduate Advising Requirement:
Advising is mandatory each semester for all Anthropology majors. Consult
the Graduate Coordinator for specifics.