The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

General Description / Special Programs

Students are not accepted for the MA in Anthropology alone, but the MA in Anthropology can be granted after two years of course work and satisfactory completion of the screening exams. There is a Masters Program in Visual Anthropology, open as a progressive degree to USC undergraduates majoring in Visual Anthropology and to students from other institutions with a background in Anthropology, ethnographic documentary production or cross-cultural visual studies. Students can be admitted to the certificate program in Visual Anthropology after they have completed their PhD qualifying examinations.

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Degrees Offered PhD in Anthropology, One-Year MA Program in Visual Anthropology (Progressive Masters Degree), Anthropology BA major and minor, Visual Anthropology BA major, Global Studies Major, Health and Humanities BA major, Medical Anthropology minor, Interdisciplinary major in Archaeology, Folklore and Popular Culture minor
Highest Degree Offered PhD
Certificate Info Certificate in Visual Anthropology available after PhD students have completed their qualifying examinations
Certificate Field Areas
Visual Anthropology
BA/BS Field Areas
BA/BS Requirements
40 units total, of which 28 are required courses, 8 units of anthropology electives, and 4 units of area specialization
MA/ MS Requirements 28 units coursework
PhD Field Areas
Phd Requirements 60 units total, of which 20 are required courses, 20 anthropology elective units, 8 units in an outside field. Additional units: 8 units in Directed Research, 4 units in Doctoral Dissertation. Interdisciplinary doctoral projects can be worked out with one other primary academic discipline or program, such as Public Health, Gender Studies, etc.
Phd Specializations Certificate in Visual Anthropology: 16 additional units in production and film criticism
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

Graduate: A teaching assistantship; fellowships awarded through the Graduate School

Program Details
Research Facilities

The department houses two important archives: The Jane Goodall Research Center, which collects primatology research data from the Gombe Stream in Tanzania, and the Ethnographics Archive/Lab which houses audiovisual and textual data from the Center for Visual Anthropology. The department also has Video production facilities, HRAF, Ethnographic Film Library

Certs Offered 1
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Advisor: Kim Vinson
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0