Department of Anthropology, Geography and Environmental Studies
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
Office: Robinson Hall 220
Phone: (510) 885-3168
George R. Miller, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Laurie J. Price, Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
William Henry Gilbert, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Andrew Wong, Ph.D. Stanford University
Graduate Coordinator: Andrew Wong
The university offers the Master of Arts degree in Anthropology. Anthropology is the multifaceted study of humanity from an evolutionary, historical and global perspective. Students in anthropology learn about their own culture as well as those of other peoples as they are shaped by biological evolution, ecological constraints, political history, and sociological conditioning. The Department of Anthropology offers ethnographic, theoretical and methodological courses in five sub-disciplines: biological anthropology, prehistory and archaeology, anthropological linguistics, socio-cultural anthropology, and applied anthropology. The department has faculty with expertise in the heritage cultures of North and South America and Asia. Although there are no separate options in the program, students are expected to focus their interests in any two academic sub-fields of the discipline: socio-cultural, archaeological, biological, or linguistic anthropology. The department fosters a learning experience across applied and academic domains.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with an M.A. in Anthropology from Cal State East Bay will be able to:
- summarize the history of anthropology; explain how and why the four fields of anthropology intersect; and characterize and critique current debates in the discipline;
- compare and appraise the major theoretical approaches in one or two subfields of anthropology;
- identify appropriate uses of anthropological methods and content in real-world problems, and use these to form the basis of intellectual argumentation;
- design or develop and implement ethnographic, archaeological or osteological research protocols, and
- communicate findings by composing high-quality reports or papers on their own.
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The Clarence E. Smith Museum of Anthropology houses a sizable collection of archaeological artifacts recovered in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, as well as collections of culture groups throughout the world. The public museum is administered by the department and is also used as an instructional facility. Students have an opportunity for "hands-on" experience in museum work and gallery exhibits, and through related courses in museology and cross-cultural art. The museum, housed in Meiklejohn Hall, is open to the public. For information, call (510) 885-3168 or (510) 885-3104.
Research Support and Teaching Opportunities
There are a small number of teaching and teaching-related opportunities, in both classroom and online instruction, available within the department for qualified students, including positions as Teaching Assistants, Readers, and Graduate Writing Instructors. Cal State East Bay offers opportunities for practical training and a few paid internships through its Cooperative Education Program. In the past, anthropology graduate students have obtained internships at places in the Bay Area and as far away as the Smithsonian Institution.
Admission to the Program
To be admitted to the program with "Conditionally Classified Graduate" status, the student must: (1) meet all Cal State East Bay requirements for admission to the university as a post-baccalaureate student; (2) have a grade point average of at least 2.50 in his or her last 90 quarter (60 semester) units; (3) file a written application with the department (in addition to the official application filed with the Admissions Office); and (4) submit two letters of recommendation for admission to the program from current or former professors.
Classification in the Program
"Classified Graduate" status implies that the student has demonstrated adequate preparation to pursue graduate work leading to the M.A. degree in Anthropology. Credit can be granted for necessary courses taken with graduate standing at other institutions; deficiencies, if any, can be corrected while registered as a "Conditionally Classified Graduate" student in the program. It should be noted that not more than 15 units of graduate level course work (6000 series) in Anthropology taken as a "Conditionally Classified Graduate" student will be applicable to M.A. degree requirements. To attain "Classified Graduate" status, either at the time of admission or thereafter, a student must: (1) have completed a baccalaureate degree with a major in Anthropology which includes the following anthropology courses or their equivalents: ANTH 3100 or 3101, 3200, 3400, 3800 or 3810, 4250 or 4310, 4910; (2) satisfy the University Writing Skills requirement.
Advancement to Candidacy
Advancement to Candidacy implies that the student has demonstrated the capacity to complete satisfactorily the program leading to an M.A. degree in Anthropology. To be Advanced to Candidacy, a student must file with the department (normally upon completion of 23 course units) an approved program of study to include relevant courses satisfactorily completed, those in progress, and those yet to be taken; and then be recommended for Advancement to Candidacy by the department.
Maintenance of "Classified Graduate" Standing
To maintain "Classified Graduate" standing a grade point average of 3.0 or higher must be achieved in all courses taken in the approved program of study, whether at Cal State East Bay or at any other college or university. If a "Classified Graduate" student's GPA falls below 3.0, s(he) shall be dropped from candidacy, if previously attained, and placed in "Conditionally Classified Graduate" status until all deficiencies have been remedied and the student is recommended by the department for reinstatement to "Classified Graduate" status (and candidacy when applicable). Failure by a student to return to "Classified Graduate" status following completion of 16 additional quarter units shall result in his or her dismissal from the program.
Requirements for the M.A. in Anthropology (45 units)
- Requirements for Advancement to Candidacy
- Acquire a research skill by successfully completing one year of coursework or equivalency (or demonstrating competence) in one of the following: (1) a foreign language relevant to your area of study, (2) computer and/or multimedia skills, (3) statistics. Students should seek departmental approval of the specific research skill.
- Complete a minimum of 23 units of anthropological coursework applicable to M. A. requirements, including at least 15 units of graduate-level (6000 series) coursework.
- Course Requirements
- Complete 45-46 quarter units of graduate work including the 23 units needed for Advancement to Candidacy.
- All must be earned within the five years just preceding the completion of the requirements for the degree.
- Not fewer than 32 must be completed in residence.
- Not fewer than 26 must be in anthropology courses in the 6000 series.
- Not more than 13 may be taken in "Unclassified Post-baccalaureate" status and/or for extension and/or transfer course credit, as approved by the department.
- Required Courses (25-28 units)
- All students are required to take either:
ANTH 6350 Advanced Ethnographic Methods (5) or 6251 Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (5), or ANTH 6260 Graduate Osteology (1) and ANTH 4280 Forensics Osteology (4).
- Students following the Comprehensive Exam or Thesis Tracks must complete ANTH 6700 Applied Anthropology (4) and any four of the following:
ANTH 6100 Seminar in Biological Anthropology (4), 6200 Seminar in Archaeology/Prehistory (4), 6400 Seminar in Socio-Cultural Anthropology (4), 6800 Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology (4), or 6999 Special Topics in Anthropology
- Students following the Applied Anthropology Track must complete ANTH 6700 Applied Anthropology (4), 6760 Internship Experience (4), 6770 Internship Planning and Analysis (4), and any two of the following:
ANTH 6100 Seminar in Biological Anthropology (4), 6200 Seminar in Archaeology/Prehistory (4), 6400 Seminar in Socio-Cultural Anthropology (4), or 6800 Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology (4), or 6999 Issues in Anthropology
- All students are required to take either:
- Elective courses (graduate or upper division) in Anthropology (or outside of Anthropology in one or more closely related fields) taken as a graduate student. Choice of appropriate coursework will be made with consent of Graduate Advisor. Students in the Comprehensive Exam Track must have completed at least two upper division courses (or their equivalent) in each of the fields in which they take their exams. All units used to fulfill comps requirements must be included as elective units. Students in the Applied Anthropology Track are strongly advised to complete at least one course in statistics. (16 units)
- Capstone Experience (1-5 units)
Complete one of the following:
- Comprehensive Exam Track: ANTH 6905 (1-5) and pass a comprehensive examination in two sub-fields of anthropology. Before enrolling in ANTH 6905 students must (a) declare the two sub-fields from socio-cultural, biological, archaeological, and linguistic anthropology in which they intend to take their examination, (b) have taken at least 8 units of upper division coursework within each of the chosen fields, and (c) have the approval of the Department Graduate Coordinator. The examination may be taken only after Advancement to Candidacy and the completion of the appropriate core seminars (ANTH 6100, 6200, 6400, and 6800).
- Applied Anthropology Track: ANTH 6909 Departmental Thesis (1-4) (in conjunction with ANTH 6770 Internship Planning and Analysis).
- Thesis Track: ANTH 6910 University Thesis (1-5)
- Have a 3.00 or higher GPA in all courses applied to the M.A. degree. See also the Applying for Graduation in the Graduate Degree Information chapter in this catalog.
- Complete 45-46 quarter units of graduate work including the 23 units needed for Advancement to Candidacy.
Comprehensive Exam, Thesis Track, and Applied Anthropology Track
Students may choose to complete ANTH 6905 and pass a comprehensive examination on any two fields from socio-cultural, biological, archaeological, and linguistic anthropology. Normally the exam will be given twice a year, in the Fall and Spring quarters. With the consent of the department faculty and the approval of the Graduate Coordinator, students may elect to enroll in ANTH 6910, and undertake and satisfactorily complete a University Thesis under the supervision of a committee of at least two faculty members from the department. Students in the Applied Anthropology Track must enroll in ANTH 6909 Departmental Thesis.
Courses Acceptable for the Master's Degree
In addition to graduate level (6000 series) courses, all Anthropology courses in the 3000-4000 series (except ANTH 3000) are acceptable in the master's degree program. Only courses with grades of "A," "B," and "C" are considered applicable to degree requirements. To apply a course to the degree in which a "D" or "F" is received, the student must repeat the course and earn a grade of "C" or higher. However, both the original grade and the repeat grade are utilized in calculating the student's graduate grade point average.
In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation which are described in the Graduate Degree Information chapter of this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
|Course Number||Course Information|
|6100||Seminar in Biological Anthropology (4)
Critical examination of theoretical developments in paleoanthropology and primatology, with emphasis on evolutionary mechanisms. Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of instructor.
|6200||Seminar in Archaeology/Prehistory (4)
Advanced study of methods and theories used in archaeological research, combining discussion of current archaeological literature and individual analysis of available archaeological data. Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of instructor.
|6251||Advanced Archaeological Field Methods (5)
Advanced techniques in surface survey and archaeological excavation, laboratory artifact analysis, and principles of data recording and management. Aspects emphasized will depend on opportunities available. May be repeated once for credit, for a maximum of 10 units. Two hrs. lect., 6 hrs. act.
|6260||Graduate Osteology (1)
Identification and interpretation of human skeletal remains. Provides basic study outline and practical examinations for graduate students. Complements ANTH 4280 and ANTH 4260. Recommended Co-requisite: ANTH 4260. Prerequisite: ANTH 1100, BIOL 2010, 2011, 2020 or consent of instructor. A-F grading only. Two hrs. act.
|6350||Advanced Ethnographic Methods (5)
Ethnographic research design; wide range of observation and interview methods, introduction to quantitative description, field notes, research ethics, methods of analysis and representation, relevant software programs, oral and written presentation of original field research. May be repeated once for credit, for a maximum of 10 units. Two hrs. lect., 6 hrs. act.
|6400||Seminar in Socio-Cultural Anthropology (4)
A critical examination of traditional and contemporary theories and methods in socio-cultural anthropology, including trends in the various subfields of the discipline. Emphasis on student participation in criticism and synthesis of significant theoretical positions. Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of instructor.
|6700||Applied Anthropology (4)
Anthropological principles and methods applied to problems of sociocultural change and cross-cultural communication; community based participatory methods and planning; policy analysis; organizational culture, needs assessment, program evaluation, proposal development.
|6760||Internship Experience (4)
Applied M.A. track internship in an agency or nongovernmental organization, including personal activity log, mid-internship report, internship completion statement, and oral presentation on internship. Prerequisites: ANTH 6350 or 6251. May be repeated once for credit, for a maximum of 6 units. Six hrs. act.
|6770||Internship Planning and Analysis (4)
Training in developing, presenting, and evaluating position papers, proposals, work plans; literature searches; ethics and professional development for work outside academia; active involvement in securing appropriate internship and analyzing the internship experience and data. May be repeated once for credit, for a maximum of 8 units.
|6800||Seminar in Linguistic Anthropology (4)
Seminal work within the subdisciplines of anthropological linguistics, including examples of its application. Prerequisites: graduate standing and permission of instructor.
|6898||Cooperative Education (1-4)
Supervised work experience in which student completes academic assignments integrated with off-campus paid or volunteer activities. Prerequisites: at least a 3.0 GPA; departmental approval of activity. Only up to 4 units may be applied to the M.A. in Anthropology. May be repeated for credit, for a maximum of 8 units. CR/NC grading only.
|6900||Independent Study (1-4)
Independent study in anthropology with concentration on a specific problem under guidance by a faculty sponsor. Prerequisites: Completion of seminar relevant to the specified problem and consent of instructor.
|6905||Directed Readings in Anthropology (1-5)
Selected readings in consultation with two or more appropriate faculty members in preparation for the Master's Comprehensive Written Examination in two sub-fields of anthropology. The reading list and the exams must be consistent with the student's areas of concentration and approved by the Graduate Advisor.
|6909||Departmental Thesis (1-4)
Development and writing of a research paper for submission to the department which specifies its format. Supervision by a departmental committee, at least one of whom must be a Cal State East Bay faculty member. Oral defense normally required. Prerequisite: "Classified Graduate" standing. Maximum of 4 units per student.
|6910||University Thesis (1-5)
Development and writing of a formal research paper for submission to the university in the specified bound format. Supervision by a departmental committee, at least two of whom must be members of the Department. Oral defense normally required. (See "University Thesis Writing Guide," www.csueastbay.edu/thesiswritingguide.) Prerequisite: "Advancement to Candidacy." Maximum of 5 units per student.
|6999||Issues in Anthropology (4)
Readings, discussion, and research on contemporary and/or significant issues in anthropology. May be repeated for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units.