Program Details

Course Requirements

  • ANTH 6601, History of Anthropology (fall)
  • ANTH 6602, Seminar in Interdisciplinary Anthropology (spring)
  • One methods course:
    • ANTH 5122 Ethnographic methods (fall)
    • ANTH 5453 Field project in archaeology (usually summer)
    • ANTH 5140  Methods in biological anthropology (usually summer)
    • or other approved course
  • Two courses that focus on the subfields of anthropology (any two of ANTH 6603, 6604, 6605, or 6606; or approved substitute)
  • Four electives (General track) (this may include courses in other departments)
  • ANTH 6611 and three electives (required for Applied track) (this may include courses in other departments)
  • 6 hours of thesis tutorial and writing

A GPA of 3.0 or better is required in all courses (with no more than one C grade) for successful completion of the program. Students may transfer in up to 6 credit hours, with approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. 

M.A. Students in Anthropology may earn elective credit in other programs at UNC Charlotte. Programs with relevant courses include the graduate programs in Africana Studies, Biology, Geography, Gerontology, Latin American Studies, Philosophy, Public History, Religious Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, and others.

The university offers several graduate certificate programs (12-15 credits) in fields that complement anthropology.  These can be taken at the same time as your M.A. degree; in some cases, a single course may be counted for both programs.  You may want to consider the Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies; the Certificate in Africana Studies, the Certificate in Gerontology, or the Certificate in Nonprofit Management.


Additional information

Download the Anthropology Graduate Studies handbook.

Download the Guidelines for the M.A. Capstone Project (thesis or applied project report).

More information on the profession of anthropology from the American Anthropological Association.


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