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Idaho State University

Anthropology Department Graduate Program Description

For questions, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Cartwright, Graduate Program Director at carteliz@isu.edu

 

Mission

The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to research and teach about humankind the world over from the distant past to the present. Anthropology consists of sub-fields that specialize in the human past, human biology and evolution, language, society, and culture, and provides cross-cultural, environmental, international, and global perspectives on past and present human behavior. An important part of the anthropology mission at Idaho State University is to apply anthropological concepts to the resolution of important social, cultural, and environmental problems of our times. The Department of Anthropology offers graduate students courses leading to the Master of Arts or Master of Science degree in Anthropology, with opportunities for specialization in archaeological science, ecological, medical, and applied anthropology, linguistics, biocomplexity, informatics, and oral history.

Goals

Students who have completed a graduate degree in Anthropology at Idaho State University should be able to:

    1. Read and understand anthropological theory at a professional level.
    2. Understand current debates within the field of anthropology.
    3. Synthesize and critically evaluate the professional literature.
    4. Use a comparative approach to theorize about the similarities and differences in the human condition across space and through time.

Measurable Outcomes - The Thesis or Special Project should show the following competencies based on the learning objectives:

    1. Write a proposal for pure research or the application of theory to contemporary social issues.
    2. Perform quantitative and/or qualitative analysis of data appropriate to the chosen subdiscipline.
    3. Competently conceive, conduct, and write-up either research in anthropology or applications of anthropology at a level suitable for publication.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to, and meet all criteria for admission to the Graduate School. In addition the student must provide:

    1. A letter of application, including areas of interest and professional goals;
    2. Three letters of recommendation;
    3. Undergraduate transcripts and transcripts of any previous post-graduate coursework;
    4. Minimum grade point average of 3.0;
    5. Total GRE scores that average at least the 50th percentile for admission;
    6. An undergraduate degree in anthropology is not required for acceptance into the program; however, students without upper division coursework in sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, and human origins equivalent to ANTH 5501, 5503, 5530, and an upper division linguistic anthropology course will be required to take these courses or approved readings courses before enrolling in contentrespective graduate seminars.

General Requirements:

Option 1: Master of Arts in Anthropology

General Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits must be taken, including 15 at the 6600-level or higher and the following required courses:

ANTH 6605 Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology 3
ANTH 6615 Seminar in Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 6625 Seminar in Sociocultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 6635 Seminar in Archaeology 3
ANTH 6641 Research Project 6
or ANTH 6650 Thesis
Additional 12 credits of graduate level courses approved by the student's advisor are also required. Two semesters of foreign language may need to be completed if relevant to research plans, or equivalent competence must be demonstrated. This will be decided in consultation with the thesis adviser. 12
Total Credits 30

 

Additional Requirements for the M.A. in Anthropology

  1. Each student must develop a proposed program of study specifying the courses that will complement the program of study and be approved by the student's graduate advisor.

  2. Students completing the M.A. in Anthropology with an Master's of Public Health degree may apply up to 9 credits to both degrees with advisors approval in both programs.

  3. To maintain Classified status, students must register for a minimum of 6 credits in the Fall and Spring Semesters of the first year.

  4. One must demonstrate proficiency in a second language, computer programming, geographic information systems (GIS), or statistics. This requirement will complement the student's program of study and will be evaluated by the student's primary advisor.

  5. Student must write a Master's thesis or submit a manuscript. Either option requires a formal oral examination that the student must pass to graduate.

 

Option 2: Master of Science in Anthropology

General Requirements

A minimum of 30 credits must be taken, including 15 at the 6600-level or higher and the following required courses:  
ANTH 6605 Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology 3
ANTH 6615 Seminar in Biological Anthropology 3
ANTH 6625 Seminar in Sociocultural Anthropology 3
ANTH 6635 Seminar in Archaeology 3
ANTH 6641 Research Project 1-6
ANTH 6650 Thesis 1-6
An additional 12 credits of advanced techniques and methods courses are also required.  

 

 

Additional Requirements for Option 1 and Option 2

By the end of the first semester, each student must develop a proposed program of study specifying elective courses (Options 1 and 2) and techniques and methods courses (Option 2) in consultation with the student's graduate advisor. To maintain classified status, students must register for a minimum of 6 credits in the fall and spring semesters of the first year. Student must write a Master's thesis or publishable manuscript, and successfully defend it in a formal oral examination.

 

Certificate of Medical Anthropology

The Certificate of Medical Anthropology provides graduate students with a solid foundation in the field of medical anthropology. This certificate is designed for students in both the health and social sciences. Students pursuing degrees in the Health Sciences are particularly encouraged to apply. The certificate will provide students with the
topical and theoretical approaches used by medical anthropologists in clinical situations and in the field of Global Health research. This certificate is of interest to students of the social sciences and to those students who wish to combine a clinical degree programs with research in the field of social sciences and medicine.

Admission Requirements

For admission into the Medical Anthropology Certificate program, applicants must satisfy the following criteria: Admission to the ISU Graduate School—(full admission, or admission with a performance requirement). Admission to the certificate program is year-round.

In order to receive this certificate, a student must complete a graduate degree from ISU concurrently.

The certificate is granted upon completion of 12 credits of classwork (with a 3.0 GPA in the courses) from the following list of possible courses.

Medical Anthropology Certificate Course Requirements:

Note: ANTH 6610 is required for all students  
ANTH 6610 Seminar in Medical Anthropology 3

STUDENTS MAY CHOOSE FROM THE FOLLOWING COURSES FOR THE REMAINING 9 credits:

ANTH 5507 Anthropology of Global Health 3
ANTH 5511 Advanced Global Health 3
ANTH 5509 Clinical Medical Anthropology 3
ANTH 5508 Topics in Medical Anthropology (e.g., Anth of Disabilities) 3
Total Credits 12