12.6.1 Program of Study

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

  1. Students may specialize in either archaeology or bioarchaeology.

  2. The choice of specialty will govern the selection of Supervisor(s), courses, and thesis or research paper topics. 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, 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. Normally, the M.A. program should take six academic semesters to complete, of which the first three semesters will be spent in completing course work, writing and orally defending a thesis proposal before members of the faculty, and beginning to carry out research. The following semesters will be spent in completing research, presenting an oral research report to the Department, and completing a thesis.

  5. Students for the Degree of a Master of Arts in Archaeology will be required to complete not fewer than 12 credit hours, nor more than 18 credit hours of courses at the graduate level.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

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

12.6.2 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.

  • 6000 Theory and Method in the Study of Archaeology and Prehistory (same as the former 6411)
  • 6001 Interpretative Methods in Archaeology (same as the former 6700)
  • 6095 Advanced Studies in Ethnohistory (same as History 6095)
  • 6191 Approaches to Early Modern Material Culture
  • 6409 History of Archaeology
  • 6680 Space, Place and Landscape
  • 6681-6699 (excluding 6682, 6685, 6686, 6687) Special Topics in Archaeology
  • 6682 Advances in Environmental Archaeology
  • 6685 When World’s Meet: Nature/Culture and Ontological Conflicts
  • 6686 Archaeology of the Body
  • 6687 Applied Archaeological Sciences

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