Professor and Head of the Department
M. Deal

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

1.  Candidates may specialize in either:   

(a) social and cultural anthropology or
(b) 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 (c) 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.

*NOTE: S/C 6440, Master’s Research Paper, 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.

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

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