As part of the MA degree, students earn between six and 18 credit hours in a research concentration.
This concentration provides critical, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary perspectives to issues of development and resource conservation. A particular strength of this program is the integration of theoretical knowledge with field-based training opportunities. Three major themes are addressed within this concentration: the types of resource management systems that exist around the world and their relationships to particular ecosystems; the types of knowledge systems and ideas that are associated with this diverse array of resource management systems (environmental knowledge and theoretical perspectives included); and the culture of the global and local institutions, from small-scale NGOs to the World Bank, that design and implement conservation and development.
A central goal of this emphasis is to help students imagine careers in conservation and/or development, and to provide them with information, opportunities and resources to pursue a wide variety of career options. In addition to the course offerings listed below we encourage each student to develop a specialized skill, choosing from the following options: GIS mapping (Geography), ecology (Biology/Anthropology), legal (Graduate School of Public Affairs), land-use (Geography, GSPA), or research/evaluation methodologies (Anthropology).
- ANTH 5030, Ethnobiology
- ANTH 5070, Culture of Development and Globalization
- ANTH 5170, Culture and the Environment
- ANTH 5180, The Nature of Power
- ANTH 5220, Community in Global Context
- ANTH 5230, Anthropology and Community-Based Participatory Research
- ANTH 5450, Development and Conservation: Contemporary Issues
- ANTH 5460, Development and Conservation: Theory and Practice
- ANTH 5570, Landscape Archaeology
Students will select other relevant courses in consultation with their advisor.