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StudentsWestern Michigan University’s Master of Arts in anthropology provides you with essential training in critical thinking, writing for diverse audiences and holistic thinking to prepare you for both living and working in a diversity of settings. Our former students have moved on to:

The program features faculty who are both dedicated teachers and active researchers and who are widely recognized for their contributions in the field and as active participants in service to their communities. Our department faculty:

As a student in our M.A. program, you will benefit from both extensive exposure to social theory and experiential learning focused on putting that theory into practice through research. Students learn through seminars focused on social theory, classes in research methods, field experiences in conducting research and experiential learning courses.

Underlying everything the department does is a firm commitment to a public anthropology of, and for, social justice. Our teaching, research, and service focus on public anthropology, violence, health, inequalities and disparities, social movements and ecological challenges prepares students for making significant contributions in a diversity of arenas.

Teaching, research and program focus areas

Students in the Department of Anthropology have the opportunity to learn by working with faculty widely acknowledged for their expertise in a theoretically informed, four field approach to public anthropology. Our faculty and students embrace the potential of an anthropology of social justice where students engage social theory and practices on issues ranging from ethnohistory, historical archeology and the skeletal record to activist ethnography and writing creatively and effectively for different publics.

Graduates are well-positioned to pursue positions in museums, the non profit sector, cultural resource management, and government as well as further advanced higher education in a wide range of fields (from medicine and public health to social work and law).

A particular emphasis is the focused attention on putting theory into practice through experiential learning and public anthropology. With research methods courses, internships, and classes that emphasize community engagement, you will learn by doing.