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1998-99 UAF Catalog

Degrees and Programs


Anthropology

College of Liberal Arts

Department of Anthropology

(907) 474-7288

Degrees: B.A., B.S., M.A. Ph.D.

Minimum Requirements for Degrees: B.A.: 130 credits;
B.S.: 130 credits; M.A.: 30 credits; Ph.D.: open

The anthropology program offers a balanced and flexible program of academic courses and research opportunities in cultural anthropology, archaeology and physical anthropology, particularly with respect to the past and present cultures of the North. Anthropology contributes to an understanding of the complex problems of human behavior, cultural and social organization, and the relationship of humans to the various environments. Archaeological and human ecological research carried out in the field and library provides information about past and present modes of living and of origins and distribution of peoples and cultures in the Arctic and subarctic.

The graduate program emphasizes general preparation in the field of anthropology. Such preparation enables graduates of the master's program to pursue more advanced training leading to the Ph.D. in anthropology, prepares them to teach anthropology within secondary education and/or undergraduate levels of higher education or prepares students for career positions with various levels of government in which some anthropological background and/or expertise is beneficial. While the basic program is oriented toward general competence, subfield specialization is possible through individual programs. Field research in Alaska is a common experience for graduate students in anthropology. All students must have fieldwork and laboratory experience appropriate to the discipline or subdiscipline.

The program offers thesis or non-thesis options. The choice of option is guided by the student's interests and goals, the graduate advisory committee and the requirements of the university.

The focus of the Ph.D. program is on the sociocultural anthropology and archaeology of the North. The Ph.D. is available with an emphasis in several areas of anthropology: Alaskan archaeology; Quaternary studies; and contemporary Alaska Native studies.

Undergraduate Program

Major

Anthropology -- B.S. or B.A. Degree

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the B.A. or B.S. degree requirements.
3. Complete the following program (major) requirements:*
a. Complete the following:

ANTH 103 -- Human Evolution and World Prehistory (3 credits)
ANTH 104 -- Social/Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
b. Complete 2 of the following:
ANTH 211 -- Fundamentals of Archaeology (3 credits)
ANTH 315 -- Human Biology (3 credits)
ANTH 414 -- Environmental Archaeology (3 credits)
ANTH 423O -- Paleoanthropology (3 credits)
c. Complete 2 of the following:
ANTH 320W -- Language and Culture: Applications to Alaska (3 credits)
ANTH 403W -- Political Anthropology (3 credits)
ANTH 407 -- Kinship and Social Organization (3 credits)
ANTH 409 -- Anthropology of Religion (3 credits)
ANTH 410 -- History of Social/Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
ANTH 446 -- Economic Anthropology (3 credits)
d. Complete 1 of the following:
ANTH 210 -- New World Prehistory (3 credits)
ANTH 212 -- Old World Prehistory (3 credits)
e. Complete 1 of the following:
ANTH 301 -- World Ethnography ** (3 credits)
ANTH 302 -- Anthropology of Siberia (3 credits)
f. Open program electives at 200-level or above (12 credits)
4. Minimum credits required (130 credits)
* Student must earn a "C" grade or better in each course.

** Different geographic regions will be covered each year; e.g. North America, Oceania, etc.

Minor

1. Complete the following:
ANTH 103 -- Human Evolution and World Prehistory (3 credits)
ANTH 104 -- Social/Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
Anthropology electives (12 credits)
2. Minimum credits required (18 credits)

Graduate Program

Anthropology -- M.A. Degree

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the master's degree requirements.
3. Complete the thesis, non-thesis or non-thesis concentration requirements:

Thesis

a. Complete 3 of the following:
ANTH 601 -- Proseminar in Social/Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
ANTH 611 -- Proseminar in Archaeology (3 credits)
ANTH 621 -- Proseminar in Physical Anthropology (3 credits)
ANTH 631 -- Proseminar in Language and Culture (3 credits)
b. Complete additional courses (15 credits)
c. ANTH 699 -- Thesis (6 credits)
d. Minimum credits required (30 credits)
Note: At least 24 credits must be regular coursework (not thesis) with 21 of these credits at the 600-level.

Non-Thesis

a. Complete 3 of the following:
ANTH 601 -- Proseminar in Social/Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
ANTH 611 -- Proseminar in Archaeology (3 credits)
ANTH 621 -- Proseminar in Physical Anthropology (3 credits)
ANTH 631 -- Proseminar in Language and Culture (3 credits)
b. Complete additional courses (21 credits)
c. ANTH 698 -- Research maximum 6
d. Complete a research paper which the advisory
committee judges to be of publishable quality.
e. Minimum credits required (36 credits)
Note: At least 30 credits must be regular coursework (not research) with 24 of these credits at the 600-level.

Non-Thesis Concentration: Linguistic Anthropology

a. Complete at least 4 semesters of an appropriate language (requirement may be met by previous language study or demonstrated competence).
b. Complete the following:
ANTH 601 -- Proseminar in Social/Cultural Anthropology (3 credits)
ANTH 631 -- Proseminar in Language and Culture (3 credits)
ANTH/LING 632 -- Field Methods in Descriptive Linguistics (3 credits)
LING 601 -- Principles of Linguistic Analysis (3 credits)
Archaeology course with an emphasis on language and prehistory (3 credits)
c. Complete additional courses to include an appropriate ethnographic area course and additional courses to be decided with committee (12 credits)
d. ANTH 698 -- Research maximum 6
e. Complete a research paper which the advisory
committee judges to be of publishable quality.
f. Minimum credits required (33 credits)
Note: At least 30 credits must be regular coursework (not research) with 24 of these credits at the 600-level.

Anthropology -- Ph.D.

1. Complete the general university requirements.
2. Complete the Ph.D. degree requirements.
3. Complete coursework in anthropology and related
disciplines as determined by the advisory committee.
4. Complete one foreign language and a research tool,
or two foreign languages.
5. Minimum credits required open

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