12.5 Anthropology





The Degree of Master of Arts (M.A.) is offered in Anthropology by either full-time or part-time study.

  1. Students will specialize in social and cultural anthropology.

  2. When students are accepted into the program, they will be assigned one or more Supervisors. Students’ programs shall be the responsibility of their Supervisor(s), the graduate co-ordinator(s), and the Head of the Department.

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

  4. Students may choose between a thesis and a non-thesis option.

12.5.1 M.A. With Thesis

  1. Normally, the M.A. program should take two academic years to complete.  The first year will be spent completing course work, writing a thesis proposal, and beginning to carry out research. The second academic year will be spent completing research and writing a thesis.

  2. Students for the Degree of a Master of Arts with thesis 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. Six of these credit hours will normally be from 6300 and 6412, while the remainder of credit hours are to be selected from the graduate courses offered by the Department.

  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. A written thesis proposal is normally submitted by the student and approved by the student’s supervisor(s) and a second reader during the second semester of the first year of study in the program.

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

12.5.2 M.A. Without Thesis

Normally, the M.A. program without thesis should take one academic year to complete. Students 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 ANTH 6300, ANTH 6412, and ANTH 6440. Nine additional credit hours are to be selected from the graduate courses offered by the Department.


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

12.5.3 Courses

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

  • 6010 Environmental Anthropology
  • 6071 Health and Illness: Cultural Contexts and Constructions
  • 6072 Marx and Social Inquiry
  • 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 Anthropology of 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 Selected Themes in Political Anthropology
  • 6580-6599 (excluding 6580, 6583) Special Areas in Anthropology 
  • 6583 Economics and Societies
  • 6600 Contemporary Debates in Anthropology
  • 6890 Graduate Seminar

The information on this site has been extracted from the Official 2023-2024 University Calendar. While every reasonable effort has been made to duplicate the information contained in the official University Calendar, if there are differences, the official Memorial University of Newfoundland Calendar will be considered the final and accurate authority.

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