Social and Cultural Anthropology (MA)
Master of Arts (MA)
The program is designed to provide students with advanced training in a variety of anthropological approaches and traditions. It gives students the chance to develop a critical understanding of complex cultural contexts and provides them with hands-on experience of doing ethnographic fieldwork and gives students the chance to develop a critical understanding of anthropological theory.
Why pursue a master's in social and cultural analysis?
The Master of Arts (MA) in Social and Cultural Anthropology provides general training in the social and cultural organization of human societies. Graduates gain interdisciplinary skills to work effectively as consultants, mediators in multicultural contexts, or to pursue further studies in anthropology at the Doctoral level.
The MA program has four objectives:
- To sensitize students to their ethical responsibilities as anthropologists
- To provide students with opportunities to conduct fieldwork
- To help students develop a critical understanding of anthropological theory
- To encourage experimentation with the medium, form and style of ethnographic presentation.
The MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology, like other graduate degree programs in anthropology, emphasizes a pluralistic approach to scholarly theory and methods. It inspires students to engage in a wide range of research emphases in both established and emerging fields. This approach promotes anthropology as a discipline that transcends the divisions between the natural and social sciences and the humanities. An emphasis is placed on holistic examination of all of the biological, socio-cultural, linguistic, psychological and symbolic dimensions of human behaviour and thought.
Research is an essential component of the MA program and ethnographic fieldwork is key to the program’s research requirements. Students collect and document ethnographic data based on firsthand observation and publish a thesis which makes an original contribution to knowledge.
The MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology is supported by 9 anthropologists. In addition, sociologists in the department will also provide support to students with fields or topics of research which intersect with their respective expertise in sociology.
Faculty members responsible for the anthropology program:
Vered Amit, PhD (Manchester); Sally Cole, PhD (Toronto); Chantal Collard, PhD (Paris); Homa Hoodfar, PhD (Kent); David Howes, PhD (Montréal); Christine Jourdan, PhD (ANU) (Chair).
Maximillian Forte, PhD (Adelaide).
Kregg Hetherington, PhD (California, Davis); Mark Watson, PhD (Alberta).
Sociology faculty members who provide additional support:
Valérie de Courville Nicol, PhD (Carleton); Danielle Gauvreau, PhD (Montréal); Greg Nielsen, PhD (Montréal); William Reimer, PhD (British Columbia); Frances Shaver, PhD (Montréal); Anthony Synnott, PhD (London).
Meir Amor, PhD (Toronto); Beverley Best, PhD (Simon Fraser); Daniel Dagenais, PhD (Paris X-Nanterre); Satoshi Ikeda, PhD (Australian National University) (Canada Research Chair); Sylvia Kairouz, PhD (Montréal); Katja Neves-Graça, PhD (York); Shelley Reuter, PhD (Queen’s); Bart Simon, PhD (California, San Diego) (Graduate Program Director); Jean-Philippe Warren, PhD (Victoria) (Concordia University Research Chair).
Marc Lafrance, PhD (Oxford); Amy Swiffen, PhD (Alberta).
- Community, Migration, Travel, Transnational links, Elites, Youth
- Feminisms, Ethnography, Histories of Anthropology
- Imperialism, Neoliberalism, Political Anthropology
- Environment and Infrastructure, Politics, Bureaucracy
- Gender and Development, Legal Anthropology, Muslim Feminisms
- The Body and Senses, Law and Society, Culture and Commerce, Art and Aesthetics
- Creolization, Language and Culture, Food
- Indigenous studies, ethnography, participatory research
- State Violence, Racialization, Citizenship
- Political Economy, Marxist Theory, Cultural and Critical Theory
- Family, Suicide, Sociological Theory, Modernity
- Emotions, morality, suffering and wellbeing, culture
- Risk, Surveillance, Social Justice
- Demography, History of Quebec/Canadian Population, Family
- Food and Sustainability, Social Economy, World-System Studies
- Youth, Addictive Behaviours, Population Health
- Self, Body, Gender, Sexuality, Popular Media, Cultural Theory
- Environmental governance and neoliberalism; Eco-citizenry; Post-humanism
- Social and cultural theory, Journalism and media studie
- Medicine, Gender, Racialization
- Sex Industry, Mixed Methodologies, Social Justice, Policy Research
- Digital Culture, Science and Technology, Social Theory
- Social theory, Deviance, Sociology of Law
- Men, Bodies, Senses
- Quebec, Social Movements, Political Sociology
Admission Requirements. An undergraduate degree with honours or specialization in sociology, with a grade point average of 3.00 (B average) is required. An undergraduate degree with a major in sociology, with a grade point average of 3.00 (B average) will also be considered provided that the background preparation is acceptable. Applicants with degrees in cognate disciplines with higher grade point averages will also be considered.
Applicants who lack certain prerequisite courses may be required to take a qualifying program of up to 12 undergraduate credits in addition to the regular graduate program. For the qualifying program a grade point average of 3.00 (B average) is required.
Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate preparation may be required to take up to 24 undergraduate independent credits.
International students must pass the TOEFL iBT language test with a minimum score of 80 (or 550 for TOEFL PBT). Similar scores on comparable tests are acceptable.
Applications to the program must be accompanied by a preliminary statement (roughly 500 words in length) of the student’s intentions regarding research and thesis.
- Application form and fee
- Three official academic letters of recommendation (in a sealed and signed envelope) with academic assessment form
- Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of Purpose (three pages double spaced) with bibliography. The Statement of Purpose should include the following;
- Your subject of interest;
- The question which you will pose;
- The methods that you will use;
- A short presentation of relevant debates and theoretical engagements with which your work will correspond and use;
- And finally, the name of a potential supervisor whose work you know and with whom you have communicated and would like to work with
- Unofficial transcripts: graduate and undergraduate
- Proof of Canadian citizenship, Permanent Resident status, or Refugee status
- Language proficiency (if required)
- Sample of writing (optional)
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Priority will be given to those who apply within the official deadlines listed above. Some programs may continue to accept applications after these deadlines. For more information, please contact the department.
Opportunities exist for students to work as teaching and research assistants within the department. The selection process is competitive. Preference is given to experienced applicants with an aptitude for the work to be performed. Research assistants participate in funded projects and are hired by the individual faculty members conducting the research.
The department also offers financial support to students presenting papers at conferences.