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Graduate Program

 

Our two-year M.A. in anthropology is aimed at providing students with advanced training in cultural anthropology and bioarchaeology with a goal of preparing them for additional graduate study or professional work in anthropology and related fields.

Students are required to do original field, archival, or laboratory research that will result in a scholarly thesis. The majority of our students receive financial support through teaching assistantships. Additionally, the department has scholarships available to support summer field research – see below for more information.

Recent graduates have gone on to Ph.D. programs in anthropology or take positions in corporate and non-profit organizations.

 

CAREERS

By studying anthropology you open the door to many career opportunities in which your newly-found knowledge of cultures and humankind will take you far beyond the classroom and campus (though those are pretty nice jobs, we think!). Whether you want to work in a large corporation, government, or a non-profit, many job titles probably won’t have “Anthropologist” anywhere in them! Here you can read the rest of the article quoted above.

Whether you work in market research, international development, or historical preservation, there are many types of jobs out there for you. As an anthropologist, though, your work will always be outside of the normal grind of many jobs because your focus on culture will always set you apart and make your work meaningful!

Read more about different career paths here at the website of the American Anthropological society. Check out this site answering the age-old question: “What can I do with this degree?

how to apply

Decisions on admission to the graduate program are made by mid-April (for the fall semester), and by mid-October (for spring semester entry). The Department of Anthropology requires all applicants to obtain three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to assess the applicants academic and professional potential.

In addition, as part of their application students must submit a statement (300-5OO words in length) indicating professional goals and areas of interest. In addition, the Graduate Record Exam is required. Acceptance may occur in three ways: Full admission is for students with solid grade point averages and strong letters of recommendation. Provisional admission is reserved for students with demonstrated potential but whose undergraduate experience lacks background courses which are equivalent to our undergraduate core courses. Restricted admission occurs in situations where the undergraduate record is clearly not indicative of the applicant’s current true academic potential.

New students will be assigned advisors who will help assist in planning their programs until they choose major professors who will chair their graduate advisory committees.

For addition information or to apply for admissions, visit the Graduate College at Iowa State University.

REQUIRED INFORMATION:

Send Electronically:

  • Graduate application (see above)
  • GRE scores (sent by testing services)
  • TOEFL score (sent by testing services) from international students (A score of 600 is required.)
  • Three letters of recommendation (sent electronically with application)
  • Statement of Purpose (sent electronically with application) describing your career goals and reasons for choosing ISU, which should not exceed 500 words. Please address how you plan to use Anthropology in your professional career, how your educational experience in anthropology and other fields prepared you for our program, and what kinds of research you are considering for your graduate work.

Send by mail:

  • Financial statement (international applicants only)
  • Official academic transcripts

Send to:

Office of Admissions
100 Enrollment Services
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2011 USA

Program of Study

In your first year* you will take both core courses designed to expose you to major issues and contemporary thinking in the discipline’s major subfields:

• Anthropology 503: Biological Anthropology & Archaeology (3 cr)

• Anthropology 510: Theoretical Dimensions of Cultural Anthropology (3 cr)
 

In addition, all graduate students, must take an appropriate methods course such as:

  • Statistics 415
  • Statistics 587
  • CRP 451/551
  • an appropriate 400-level language course

All cultural anthropology students are encouraged to take:

• Culture Change and Applied Anthropology (Anthr 511) [3 cr]

 

In your second year* you are required to take at least four credits of:

• Anthropology 699: Research (4 cr)
 

Please note: the Department of Anthropology requires that an you take 9 credit hours to be considered a full-time student.
 
In addition to the above courses students must take at least 9 additional of 500-level anthropology courses. Beyond the program’s required courses, you are encouraged to take courses outside of the department that contribute to the development of your area of concentration.

scholarships

NANCY R. COINMAN AWARD FOR ANTHROPOLOGICAL RESEARCH

The Department of Anthropology offers a research award for an anthropology student who wishes to conduct anthropological research. One award for $300 will be awarded each spring semester. The applicant will be a graduate student majoring or minoring in anthropology at Iowa State University who demonstrates a strong interest in anthropological research. The grant is intended to supplement travel and research expenses.

The applicant must submit a 1-page proposal describing their research and its significance, any previous research or relevant course work in Anthropology, and how this award will enhance their research interests and goals.  Applications will be reviewed by a faculty review committee. In addition to the cash award, the recipient’s name will be recorded on the Nancy R. Coinman Research Award plaque.

SHU-MIN HUANG EAST ASIAN STUDIES RESEARCH AWARD

The Department of Anthropology offers a research award for an anthropology student who wishes to do research in East Asian studies. The award is for research support and/or travel to East Asia for the purpose of carrying out research. One award for $300 will be awarded each spring semester. The applicant may be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring or minoring in anthropology at Iowa State University who demonstrates a strong interest in East Asian studies. The grant is intended to supplement travel and research expenses.

The applicant must submit a one-page proposal describing their personal interests in East Asian studies, the nature of the proposed research and its significance, any previous research or relevant course work in East Asian studies, and how this award will enhance such research interests and goals. Applications will be reviewed by faculty. In addition to the cash award, the recipient’s name will be recorded on the Shu-min Huang East Asian Studies Research Award plaque.

THE D. MICHAEL WARREN MEMORIAL STUDENT RESEARCH IN AFRICA GRANT

The Department of Anthropology offers a small travel grant for a student who wishes to do summer research in Africa. One grant for $300 will be awarded each spring semester. The applicant must be a junior or senior undergraduate student or graduate student majoring or minoring in anthropology at Iowa State University who demonstrates a strong interest in the peoples and cultures of modern Africa.

The applicant must submit a one-page proposal describing a well-thought out and feasible research activity in a specific African country. Research can focus on a broad spectrum of topics, such as indigenous knowledge systems, agricultural activities, family and community, economic and political structures, religion and the arts. Students may earn up to three credits of independent study (Anthro 490 or 590), which must be arranged prior to carrying out the research. Within one semester following the end of the research period, the recipient is required to submit to the Department of Anthropology a report on the research activity and findings.

FORENSIC SCIENCES PROGRAM

Learn more about the Forensic Sciences Graduate Certificate Program here!