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M.A. in Anthropology


A master (MA) is offered in Anthropology. A minimum of 31 hours is required for the master’s degree. Of those 31, at least 6 hours are thesis hours (ANTH 8000). The remaining 24 hours of course work include 12 hours (4 courses) at the 7000 level. Of those 12 hours, at least 6 hours (2 courses) must be earned in seminars. These seminars are generally taken within the department, but seminars can be taken in other departments, in consultation with the student’s major professor. The student must take each seminar from a different faculty member. In addition, students have to take Introduction to Graduate Study (ANTH 7901).

  1. ANTH 7901 Introduction to Graduate Study
  2. 3 required core courses (ANTH 4020, ANTH 4040, ANTH 4060)
  3. ANTH 7085 History of Anthropological Thought
  4. 3 7000-level courses (exclusive of 7085 and 7901) (at least 2 of 7000-level courses must be ANTH seminars)
  5. 1 elective course
  6. 6 hours of thesis research (ANTH 8000)

A language class is highly recommended, although not required for obtaining a MA degree in anthropology. If a student plans to conduct fieldwork and/or research in an area where English is not the native or primary language, they should consult with their major advisor about language study.


Contact the graduate coordinator in the Department of Geography & Anthropology:

Camille W. Dupuis
227 Howe-Russell Geoscience Complex
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Both current and prospective students can start their enrollment by applying to the LSU Graduate School.

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