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The mission of the Master of Arts in Anthropology is to provide students with a holistic understanding of the diversity of human behavior across time, geography and culture from a distinctly Christian perspective and to equip them to actively bridge cultural differences so that they can effectively share the good news of the Gospel and holistically address human problems such as injustice and the effects of globalization on populations around the world.
The Master of Arts in Anthropology degree is designed for students who desire advanced training in the study of people in culture preparatory to careers in the teaching of anthropology, serving as anthropological consultants to crosscultural agencies, or research into and the application of anthropological methods of inquiry to contemporary issues associated with globalization, development, public health or other social conditions. The Master of Arts in Anthropology is designed as a generalized degree that requires students to be familiar with all five fields of anthropological inquiry: cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, archeology, and applied anthropology. A distinctive of the Master of Arts in Anthropology degree is the manner in which a Christian perspective is integrated into every aspect of the courses offered.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Anthropology, students will be able to:
- Identify major paradigms, major figures, and major theories in anthropology and explain (ULO 1).
- Demonstrate they are able to form research questions, apply appropriate research methodologies, and interpret, analyze, and report ethnographic and/or archaeological data (ULO 2).
- Recognize and respond appropriately to key challenges to and opportunities for their faith raised (ethics, integrity, and intellectual honesty) in engaging their sub-discipline in anthropology (ULO 3).
Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.
The Master of Arts is designed to build upon the competencies in research, fieldwork, and integration achieved through an undergraduate degree in anthropology or allied fields. In the Masters program student achieves competencies in the methodologies necessary for research and work as a professional anthropologist and/or preparation for continuation to a doctoral program in the social sciences or related fields.
Program and Entrance Requirements
The M.A. in Anthropology is a 42-credit program. Curriculum includes 15 credits of core courses, 18 credits of electives, and 9 credits of Bible and theology courses. Students entering the program are expected to have a strong background in anthropological studies including introductory courses in each of the five fields of study. Students wishing to enter the program without these prerequisites will be required to take them as graduate students during the first year of study, thereby adding up to 15 credits of study to the program. Qualified applicants with a B.A. in anthropology consisting of 40 or more credits in anthropology may have their coursework reduced to a minimum of 32 credits.
- Satisfactory completion of all coursework.
- At least 24 credits must be taken at this institution.
- Maintain a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
- Completion of an approved thesis.
- Meet with department advisor and Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements section).
|ISAN 521||Contemporary Anthropological Theory||3|
|ISAN 523||Ethnographic Research Methods||3|
|ISAN 603||Master's Thesis||3|
|Select one of the following Seminar courses:||3|
|Seminar in Applied Linguistics|
|Seminar in Advanced Archaeology|
|Seminar in Advanced Physical Anthropology|
|Select 18 credits from any of the five sub-fields of anthropology||18|
|Select three courses from TTBE/TTTH or similarly approved Talbot classes in Bible and/or theology upon the recommendation of the academic advisor and from the following list:||9|
Approved CSSR and ISAN theological and sceintific approaches to the study of humanity courses
TTOT courses in language and/or cultures of the biblical word
Approved TTNT biblical backgrounds courses
|Pre-approved courses include:|
|Justice, Advocacy and the Kingdom of God|
|Acts in Cross-cultural Perspective|
|Topics in Biblical Theology from an Anthropological Perspective|
|Cultural Context of 1st Century Palestine|
|Biblical Morality and Cultural Relativity|
|The Cultural Setting of the Gospels|
|The Cultural Setting of Acts|
|The Cultural Setting of Second Corinthians|
|The World of the New Testament|
|Seminar on the Cultural Setting of the New Testament|
|Studies in the History and Culture of Israel|
|Archaeology of Palestine|