IX. Graduate Programs
Public Issues Anthropology
Applicants must possess an Honours BA (4 years) degree or its equivalent with at least a 'B+ average in the final two undergraduate years. Students who do not meet departmental requirements, e.g., students whose undergraduate degree does not include basic courses in sociology and/or anthropology, may be admitted provisionally.
The MA program allows students to become actively involved in advanced studies and research in Anthropology. Students have the option of writing a thesis or a major paper. Students who choose the thesis option must complete a minimum of 2.0 credits, conduct research, and write a thesis. Students who choose the major paper option must complete a minimum of 4.0 credits (including 1.0 credit in the Major Paper course) and write a major paper. All students are required to attend a Public Issues Anthropology seminar (ANTH*6000) in their first semester. They must also master basic theory and methodological skills. This is normally fulfilled through the successful completion of the courses ANTH*6080 and ANTH*6140. Students typically begin their studies in the Fall semester. When you begin the program, the graduate coordinator will meet with you to discuss which faculty members, on the basis of their areas of specialization, are likely candidates for membership on your advisory committee. Until you have formed your advisory committee, the graduate coordinator or an interim advisor will fill out your evaluation reports. You are required to choose your permanent advisor by November (in your first semester) and your committee by of the end of January (in your second semester).