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MA History: Archaeology & Anthropology Option

DESCRIPTION AND RATIONALE

The Archaeology and Anthropology Option is a 30-credit program within the current History masters degree.   Through a series of required courses and electives, the specialization emphasizes method and theory in each of the relevant disciplines (History, Anthropology and Archaeology) and the connections between them.  Students enrolled in this option are encouraged to link areas of study across the disciplines.  Some of the natural connections are maritime history and underwater archaeology, social history and cultural anthropology, and ancient history and classical archaeology.  Students can also develop programs of study that emphasize regional connections or themes such as race, gender or family.  While students might have to take one or two courses that do not fit into a specific thematic orientation, all courses would contribute to the specialization’s major objective, namely an overall understanding of method and theory in history, anthropology and archaeology. 

All master’s candidates in the Archaeology and Anthropology Option are required to take a series of required courses and a choice of electives.  They also have to take written and oral comprehensive examinations.  In keeping with graduate school and history department requirements, at least half the courses taken within the program have to be at the 500 level or above, including one 500 level seminar in history, one 500-level seminar in cultural heritage, a 500-level directed study, and at least one other 500-level history course.

The Archaeology and Anthropology Option is designed to serve the needs of students from New England and elsewhere wishing to combine the study of History, Anthropology and Archaeology.  Some potential students might be interested in an interdisciplinary approach to topics such as race, gender or the family.  The option also serves students looking to enter museum work, cultural resource management, and contract archaeology.  The option forms one part of the PhD program in Archaeological Oceanography.  Students interested in this program should apply for admittance to the graduate programs in History and the Graduate School of Oceanography.

ADMISSION REQUIRMENTS

GRE and bachelor’s degree.  While 24 credits in history are normally required, credits in anthropology, archaeology, art history and related fields may be accepted with permission of the director of graduate studies, in consultation with graduate faculty from History, Art, and Sociology and Anthropology

SPECIALIZATION REQUIRMENTS

An approved program will require 30 credits.  A thesis option is not available at this time.

REQUIRED COURSES

A.        At least one of the following Historical Methods courses
HIS401                             ADVANCED TOPICS IN EUROPEAN HISTORY
HIS441                             ADVANCED TOPICS IN AMERICAN HISTORY
HIS481                             ADVANCED TOPICS IN ASIAN OR LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY

B.         At least two 500 level history courses including at least one of the following seminars.  (NB. HIS591 & HIS599 excluded)
HIS506                             SEMINAR IN EUROPEAN HISTORY
HIS507                             SEMINAR IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
HIS508                             SEMINAR IN ASIAN OR LATIN AMERICAN HISTORY

C.        At least one Anthropological Theory Course
APG401                            HISTORY OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY
APG413                            PEOPLES OF THE SEA
APG427                            UNITY OF ANTHROPOLOGY

D.        At least one Archaeological Method and Theory Course
HIS490/APG490                 UNDERWATER HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (course to be created)
APG417                            ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD AND THEORY (The current APG317 to be changed to APG417)
ARH475/575                      CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (course to be created)

E.         The following Anthropology/Art History seminar
ARH/APG 465 or 565         SEMINAR IN CULTURAL HERITAGE (course to be created)

F.         A major history research paper by taking the following course.  NB: This course might be taken alongside a section of HIS495.
HIS591                             DIRECTED STUDY OR RESEARCH

Program credits from required courses =18

 

ELECTIVES

The remaining credits will be selected from a list of approved electives.  Up to 6 credits of other graduate courses may be substituted for approved electives with the approval of the student’s major professor and program coordinator.

  1. Approved History Electives:

 

All 400 and 500 level history courses.

  1. Approved Anthropology Electives

APG401                            HISTORY OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY
APG413                            PEOPLES OF THE SEA
APG417                            ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD AND THEORY (The current APG317 would have to be changed to the 400 level)
APG427                            UNITY OF ANTHROPOLOGY
APG470                            PROBLEMS IN ANTHROPOLOGY (INDEPENDENT STUDY)
APG490/HIS490                 UNDERWATER HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (course to be proposed)

  1. Approved Art History and Material Culture Electives

ARH469/470                     INDEPENDENT STUDY IN ART HISTORY
ARH480                           ADVANCED TOPICS IN EUROPEAN AND AMERICAN ART
ARH/APG 465 or 565         SEMINAR IN CULTURAL HERITAGE (course to be created)
ARH475/575                     CLASSICAL ARCHAEOLOGY (course to be created)
NES400                            SPECIAL TOPICS IN NEW ENGLAND STUDIES (when the topic is appropriate and with the approval of the student’s major professor)
TMD440                           HISTORIC TEXTILES
TMD510                           RESEARCH METHODS IN TEXTILES
TMD520                           INTRODUCTION TO TEXTILE CONSERVATION
TMD524                           CULTURAL ASPECTS OF DRESS
TMD570                           TOPICS IN HISTORIC TEXTILES OR COSTUME

Program credits from electives =12