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Applied Track Model of Progress

This outlines a general pattern for student progress through the Anthropology Department's Policy/Applied Track MA program. Also included are guidelines for creating the policy paper proposal.

Year Term Suggested Activities Notes
Year 1 Fall
  • Meet frequently with your assigned adviser throughout the year
  • Take core courses as available, plus other courses both within and outside department1
  • Check with Foreign Languages department about fulfilling the language requirement (MA only)2
1. A grade below B- in one of the three cores will not satisfy the department requirements for degree completion and students must make arrangements with the instructor to revise coursework or submit additional work in order to meet the requirement. A grade lower than a B- in two graduate courses may be grounds for dismissal from the program following departmental review.

2. Foreign language exams are scheduled periodically. Check with the Foreign Language department for a schedule of exams if you are choosing this option.
Winter
  • Take core courses as available and other courses
 
Spring
  • Take core courses as available and other courses
 
Summer  
Year 2 Fall
  • Take core courses as available and other courses3
  • Meet frequently with your adviser throughout the year
3. Language requirements must be fulfilled by the beginning of fall term; any conditions on admissions must be satisfied.
Winter
  • Take core courses as available
  • Work with adviser to set up an internship or policy experience
  • Create an internship contract
  • Write a project proposal outlining the applied project to be undertaken and the anthropological framework in which it is couched4
  • Form Policy Paper committee
4. Students will meet with their committee to discuss faculty comments on the project proposal. Incorporating the comments and committee suggestions, students will craft a written reconciliation to guide them in writing their policy paper.
Spring
  • Take core courses as available5
  • Implement the internship or project
5. Students should complete their coursework by the end of their sixth term.
Summer
  • Implement the internship or project
 
Year 3  
  • Write policy paper
  • Present the research/applied experience to the department
  • Submit GO-17 to the Office of Graduate Studies
  • Apply for degree6
6. Students admitted Summer 2012 or before must complete the graduate program within five years. Students admitted Fall 2012 and thereafter must complete the graduate program within four years.

The Policy Paper Process

The Applied Track for the MA program provides future applied and practicing anthropologists with practical experience through coursework, local, national or international internships, and a policy paper. The policy paper utilizes original research conducted in conjunction with the internship to inform on policy related to the student's career and academic interests as well as those of their collaborating partners. The paper must utilize a problem-oriented lens that integrates anthropological theory and method. The paper may or may not be the deliverable for the internship depending on the terms of the internship contract. The paper should be approximately 40 pages.

The project needs to be rooted in anthropological approaches and literature. Ideally, it serves the organization and/or the individual with whom the student interns. The paper itself may be the deliverable for the partner; however the paper may also be an additional component of the internship if the required internship tasks differ from the research project. The required tasks of the internship and the role of the research project must be clearly delineated in the project proposal and agreed upon by the student, advisor, and internship contact.

  • Identify Policy Paper and internship topic with help and through discussions with your Adviser
  • Develop Policy Paper Proposal: Before beginning their internship, students should complete an internship contract that is mutually agreed upon by the academic advisor and internship contact. The student should submit a project proposal (approximately 10 pages) for evaluation by departmental faculty no later than two weeks after the start of the internship. Proposal components include:
    1. Abstract
    2. Statement of Research Problem
    3. Theoretical Orientation
    4. Literature Review
    5. Methodology (Data Collection and Analysis)
    6. Significance of Study
    7. Conclusion
    8. Research and Deliverable Production Schedule
      (Including Reflection Journals)
    9. Internship Contract
  • Revise Policy Paper Proposal
  • Establish Policy Paper Committee (need 2 individuals besides Adviser).
  • Proposal Approved. Students will meet with their committee to discuss faculty comments on the project proposal. Incorporating the comments and committee suggestions, students will craft a written reconciliation to guide them in writing their policy paper.
  • Implement internship or project
  • Meet with committee members occasionally to inform them of your progress/timing of completion
  • Write policy paper
  • After Adviser approves, submit draft to other committee members. Committee members need AT LEAST TWO weeks to review and consider the draft before presentation to the department
  • Revise in light of their comments
  • Present Policy Paper to the department
  • Make necessary changes to Policy Paper in consultation with adviser
  • NOTE: Faculty are not on contract during Summer Quarter. Faculty may be able to serve on your committee and work with you on your proposal or paper during the summer, but do not assume they will be able to.