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MA in Anthropology

Course Description

The Department of Anthropology upholds The New School’s commitment to critical social inquiry. Since its inception in 1971, the department has fostered cutting-edge empirical, historical, and ethnographic scholarship. Long committed to the interdisciplinary breadth necessary for innovative research, the department builds on its close relations with the entire faculty of The New School for Social Research and of the university as a whole.

As a leading department for graduate anthropology studies in the United States, we emphasize critical reflection at all levels of inquiry. We are a small, lively group of scholars and students who thrive in a dynamic intellectual environment that fosters inventive scholarship. Our work is characterized by carefully conducted ethnography, innovative research methodologies, and an awareness of the importance of history.

Students explore analytic and social issues through ethnographic fieldwork, archival research, and theoretical reflection. They participate in courses and projects developed by our faculty individually and in collaboration with other programs at The New School, in particular the Graduate Program in International Affairs, Parsons The New School for Design, and the India China Institute. They often take advantage of our close ties to the Janey Program in Latin American Studies and the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies. Students who are interested in classes not available at The New School can take courses through the New York City Inter-University Consortium.

All students enter the Department of Anthropology through the MA program. After completing 30 credits and passing the master's examination, they are eligible to apply for admission to the doctoral program. Spaces in the doctoral program are limited; not all students who apply are accepted into the program.

In the last five years, our graduate students have been accepted into anthropology PhD programs at the following universities: Boston University, Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, The CUNY Graduate Center, Duke University, Fordham University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pennsylvania State University, Princeton University, Rice University, Stanford University, UC Davis, University of California Berkeley, University of California San Diego, University of California Irvine, University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of London, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, University of Washington in St. Louis, UC Santa Cruz, and York University.

MA in Anthropology
Anthropology is a discipline in which "knowing that" is intricately entwined with "knowing how." Yet the ratio between substantive knowledge and the discussion of research and writing practices varies in the courses offered by our program.

All students enter the Department at the MA level. Students must successfully complete 30 credits of course work, of which 18 credits must be listed or cross-listed in Anthropology.

These must include the following two required courses, and four required electives:
- Problems in Anthropology (GANT 6065).
- Critical Foundations of Anthropology (GANT 6051).
- Two elective courses from the Perspectives category.Perspectives courses provide different points of view on the objects of anthropological research. (GANT 6100-6299).
- Two elective courses from the Practices courses, on the other hand, emphasize how to approach these objects--from ethnographic fieldwork and other research methods to forms of writing or the discussion of ethical questions as they arise in the course of anthropological inquiries. (GANT 6300-6499).

The Anthropology graduate curriculum combines core courses in the theoretical and methodological foundations of social and cultural anthropology with an emphasis on the critical exploration of how ethnographic sensibilities matter in the world today.

The master’s program is designed to provide students with a broad understanding of the development of anthropology within the social sciences and introduce them to key concepts and issues that shape contemporary fields of knowledge production. Master’s level students complete a sequence of four required anthropology core courses as well as 18 additional credits, preapproved by their advisor, which may include up to four courses in other departments.

Entry Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited American college or university, or the equivalent degree from a foreign college or university

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