Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2007/2008)
5.5 Anthropology and Archaeology
  • Professor and Head of the Department
  • P Pope

The degree of Master of Arts is offered in Anthropology by either full-time or part-time study.

  1. Candidates may specialize in either:

    1. social and cultural anthropology or

    2. archaeology and physical anthropology.

  2. The choice of speciality will govern the selection of supervisor(s), courses, and thesis or research paper topics. When candidates are accepted into the program, they will be assigned one or more supervisors. Candidates' programs shall be the responsibility of their supervisor(s), the graduate co-ordinator(s), and the Head of the department.

  3. If candidates' records suggest a deficiency in some area(s), the Department reserves the right to require that they complete additional undergraduate courses before beginning program courses.

  4. Candidates in social and cultural anthropology may choose between a thesis and a non-thesis option.

M.A. With Thesis

  1. Normally, the M.A. program should take two academic years to complete, of which the first year will be spent in (a) completing coursework, (b) writing and orally defending a thesis proposal before members of the faculty, and ©) beginning to carry out research. The second academic year will be spent in (d) completing research, (e) presenting an oral research report to the Department, and (f) completing a thesis.

  2. Candidates for the degree of a Master of Arts in Anthropology will be required to complete not fewer than 12 credit hours, nor more than 18 credit hours of courses at the graduate level.

  3. Most Department graduate courses are taught in either a seminar or tutorial framework; all courses require intensive reading, regular oral communication of ideas to faculty and other students, and preparation of written research papers and other assignments.

  4. Normally, during the second semester of the first year of study in the program, a written thesis proposal which has been approved by the student's supervisor(s) will be circulated to all members of the Department. The written thesis proposal should be made available to faculty members at least two weeks prior to the scheduled date of a student's oral presentation and defence of the proposal.

  5. Shortly following the completion of their research, candidates will be required to present an oral research report on their findings to the Department.

  6. A final draft of the thesis will be evaluated in accordance with the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies.

M.A. Without Thesis

Normally, the M.A. program without thesis should take one academic year to complete. Candidates in social and cultural anthropology who choose to do the M.A. without thesis must normally complete 24 credit hours in graduate program courses; 15 of which will normally be from S/C 6440, S/C 6890 and S/C 6300.* Nine additional credit hours are to be selected from the S/C graduate courses offered by the Department.


* S/C 6440 will be worth 9 credit hours. This course will normally be based on secondary literature and will be supervised by a faculty member.


A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

  • Archaeology/Physical Anthropology Courses (A/P)
  • 6020 Physical Anthropology
  • 6040 Human Osteology
  • 6095 Advanced Studies in Ethnohistory (same as Hist 6095)
  • 6151 Palaeoethnobotany
  • 6181 Palaeoeskimo Cultures of the Eastern Arctic
  • 6182 Advances in Material Culture Analysis
  • 6187 Readings in Maritime Provinces Prehistory
  • 6189 Palaeopathology
  • 6191 Approaches to Early Modern Material Culture
  • 6192 Conservation Method and Theory
  • 6290 Newfoundland and Labrador Prehistory
  • 6310 Economic Analyses in Archaeology
  • 6320 Ethnoarchaeology
  • 6330 Archaeological Field Conservation
  • 6409 History of Archaeology
  • 6411 Theory and Method in the Study of Archaeology and Prehistory
  • 6500 Special Topics in Historical Archaeology (Prerequisite 6191)
  • 6680-6699 Special Topics in Archaeology and Prehistory
  • 6700 Interpretative Methods in Prehistoric Archaeology
  • 6701 Interpretative Methods in Historical Archaeology
  • 6890 Graduate Seminar
  • Social/Cultural Anthropology Courses (S/C)
  • 6010 Cultural Ecology
  • 6071 Health and Illness: Cultural Contexts and Constructions
  • 6081 Anthropology of Gender
  • 6089 Anthropology of Underclass Life
  • 6100 Social Organization
  • 6110 Culture and Personality
  • 6140 The Community
  • 6210 Language and Culture
  • 6240 Atlantic Regional Studies
  • 6260 Social and Economic Development
  • 6280 Newfoundland Ethnography
  • 6281 Labrador Ethnography
  • 6282 Ethnography of a Single Region
  • 6300 Fieldwork and Interpretation of Culture
  • 6400 Current Themes in Cultural Anthropology
  • 6410 History of Anthropology
  • 6412 Anthropological Theory
  • 6413 Applied Anthropology
  • 6430 Audiovisual Anthropology
  • 6440 Master's Research Paper (9 credit hours)
  • 6580-6599 Special Areas in Anthropology
  • 6600 Contemporary Debates in Anthropology
  • 6890 Graduate Seminar