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Chernela, Janet, Full Member

Freidenberg, Judith N., Full Member

Leone, Mark P., Full Member

Paolisso, Michael J., Full Member

Shackel, Paul A., Full Member

Associate Professor

Brighton, Stephen, Full Member

Assistant Professor

Getrich, Christina, Full Member

Hambrecht, George, Full Member

Heller, Alison, Full Member

Lafrenz Samuels, Kathryn, Full Member

Sangaramoorthy, Thurka, Full Member

Shaffer, Laura Jean, Full Member

Professor Emeritus

Whitehead, Tony L., Full Member

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Anthropology (ANTH)   

Program Title and Classification

Anthropology

Graduate Degree Program

College: Behavioral and Social Sciences

Abstract

The Department of Anthropology offers graduate study leading to the Master of Applied Anthropology (MAA) and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. Both degrees reflect the department’s special interest and expertise in the applications of anthropology. Current faculty members represent the subfields of the discipline (archaeology and socio-cultural anthropology). Drawing their intellectual and applied orientations from training and application of the above subdisciplines, the department’s faculty also recognize the need to identify topics or problems where the expertise of individual faculty members can be applied in a manner that integrates the subdisciplines. In this ongoing effort, the faculty has identified three areas of research concentration: Anthropology of Health, Anthropology of Environment, and Anthropology of Heritage. The areas can be thought to contain and generate research problems of interest to the faculty’s experience and expertise within the subdisciplines. These problems can be addressed individually through socio-cultural anthropology and archaeology. However, the anthropological contribution to addressing these problems is enhanced by collaboration across subdiscipline interests and expertise. The Master of Applied Anthropology (MAA) is a program designed both for students interested in an anthropology career outside of academia and for those who plan on continuing to a PhD. The program has been offered at the University of Maryland since 1984, and graduates have successfully secured employment or pursued doctoral work in a variety of fields, such as working in the areas of medical and health practice, urban and regional planning and development, community development, conservation and heritage resource development, cultural resource management, and historical archaeology. The focus of the MAA program has been to participate in the building of anthropological practice. A major focus of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program is to direct research scholarship and to encourage theoretical and methodological advancement in such a way as to reflect upon the specific practices of anthropology, with the aim of improving those practices and thereby increasing the value and usefulness of the discipline. Doctoral students are typically prepared for research and development careers outside of academic settings, as well as for academic careers in anthropology departments and other disciplinary settings.

 

Admissions Information

General Requirements:

Program-Specific Requirements:

  • Letters of Recommendation (3)
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • CV/Resume
  • Writing Sample
  • Faculty of Interest (suggested for Ph.D. applicants)

For more admissions information or to apply to the program, please visit our Graduate School website: www.gradschool.umd.edu/admissions

Application Deadlines

Type of Applicant Fall
Domestic Applicants:
US Citizens and Permanent Residents
5 Jan
International Applicants:
F (student) or J (exchange visitor) visas
A,E,G,H,I and L visas and immigrants.
5 Jan


Other Deadlines: Please visit the program website at http://www.anth.umd.edu

Degree Requirements

Master of Applied Anthropology (M.A.A.)

Total CreditsCore Requirements

Non-thesis only: 42 credits

Core courses:

ANTH 601: Applied Anthropology (3 credits)

ANTH 606: Qualitative Methods in Applied Anthropology (3 credits)

ANTH 760: Development of Social/Cultural Theory (3 credits)

ANTH 722: Ecological Anthropology (3 credits)

ANTH 630: Quantification and Statistics in Applied Anthropology (3 credits)

ANTH 740: Anthropological Theories of the Past (3 credits)

Internship Sequence:

ANTH 701: Internship Preparation (3 credits)

ANTH 789: Internship (6 credits)

ANTH 712: Anthropology Internship Analysis (3 credits)

Supporting Coursework: (12 credits)

 

The program requires 42 credit hours of coursework, including a core sequence (18 credit hours), an internship sequence (12 credit hours), and a sequence of individually approved courses that are related to a chosen domain of application (12 credit hours). MAA students must satisfactorily complete an internship proposal review with their advisory committee before beginning the internship, which is normally completed during the summer term between the first and second years of the program. Students are also required to present the results of their internship in a departmental colloquium prior to graduation. There is no thesis requirement.

 

Master of Applied Anthropology and Master of Historic Preservation (dual degree) (M.A.A. and M.H.P.)

The Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation dual degree takes full advantage of the diverse coursework offered at the University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the Department of Anthropology, bringing together expertise in archaeology, vernacular architecture, ethnography, cultural resource management, heritage studies and social/cultural anthropology. A total of 66 credit hours are required for the MAA/MHP dual degree including an anthropology core sequence (21 credit hours), an anthropology internship sequence (12 credit hours), an historic preservation core sequence (30 credit hours), and additional elective credits (3 credit hours).

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Core Requirements

Students entering the doctoral program with a Bachelor's degree must complete 72 credits, including 12 credits of ANTH 899: Doctoral Dissertation Research. Students entering the doctoral program with a Master's degree are not required to complete the 12 credit-internship sequence, and must complete 60 credits.

Course Requirements:

ANTH 601: Applied Anthropology (3 credits)

ANTH 606: Qualitative Methods in Applied Anthropology (3 credits)

ANTH 760: Development of Social/Cultural Theory (3 credits)

ANTH 722: Ecological Anthropology (3 credits)

ANTH 630: Quantification and Statistics in Applied Anthropology (3 credits)

ANTH 740: Theories of the Past and Accomplishments of Archaeology (3 credits)

Approved Electives (12 credits)

Advanced Coursework (18 credits)

Internship Sequence:

ANTH 701: Internship Preparation (3 credits)

ANTH 789: Internship (6 credits)

ANTH 712: Anthropology Internship Analysis (3 credits)

 

Students entering the PhD from a Bachelor's degree must normally complete all the requirements for the MAA degree indicated above, although the internship sequence can be substituted with additional coursework under approved circumstances. An additional minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced coursework is required, to include at least 12 credit hours of dissertation research. For students entering the PhD program from the MAA, an additional minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced coursework is required, to include at least 12 credit hours of dissertation research. Students entering the PhD program with a master's degree from another institution are minimally required to complete the 18 credit-hour core sequence of the MAA program and an additional minimum of 30 credit hours of advanced coursework, to include at least 12 credit hours of dissertation research. These students are not normally required to complete the internship sequence, although in some cases their doctoral committee may decide that an internship may be appropriate to enhance a student's professional experience prior to graduation. Additional supportive coursework may be required on a case-by-case basis depending on the qualifications of the student. In such cases, these expectations will be specified upon admission to the PhD program. Substitutions for courses in the MAA core sequence are rarely permitted and must be approved by the Graduate Committee and the Department Chair. Students admitted to the PhD program advance to candidacy upon completion of a written comprehensive examination and an oral defense of their dissertation proposal. An oral defense upon completion of the dissertation is also required.

 

Facilities and Special Resources

The Department of Anthropology has four archaeology labs: the Archaeological Heritage Lab, a lab related to the Archaeology in Annapolis project, a lab related to Irish Rural Lifeways, and a Zooarchaeology lab. Additional research facilities include the Center for Heritage Resource Studies (CHRS), which conducts and supports basic and applied research in heritage resource studies, one Ecological Anthropology lab, a Human Complexity and Modelling lab, and the Immigrant Life Course Research Program.

Financial Assistance

A limited number of Departmental Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships are available to qualified graduate students. Part-time employment related to department research is occasionally available.

Contact Statement

For additional information please contact:

Website

http://www.anth.umd.edu

Contacts

Dr. Barnet Pavao-Zuckerman, Director of Graduate Studies

0106 Woods Hall

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-0697

Fax: 301-314-8305

bpavao@umd.edu

 

Nadine Dangerfield, Assistant Director of Graduate Studies

1111 Woods Hall

College Park MD, 20742

Telephone: 301-405-4737

nadine@umd.edu

 

Associated Information

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ANTH

Keywords

applied anthropology; sociocultural anthropology; ecological anthropology; archaeology; anthropology of health; anthropology of environment; heritage; complex societies; political economy; ethnography; Latin America; Archaeology in Annapolis; Center for Heritage Resource Studies; CHRS; Irish rural pathways; Irish diaspora; African diaspora; anthropology internships; historical archaeology; medical anthropology; community health; tourism; qualitative methods; Native peoples of the Americas

Relationships

Applied Anthropology and Historic Preservation (AAHP)

Historic Preservation (HISP)

Women's Studies (WMST)