Should I get an MA in Anthropology?
February 19, 2011 2:11 PM Subscribe
Considering a Masters in Anthropology... curious about which programs are worth applying to and job/graduate options afterwards
posted by faeuboulanger to education (17 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I will be finishing up my undergraduate degree in anthropology in the next year or so, and am trying to figure out What I Want To Do With My Life. I'm contemplating getting a MA in Anthropology. While I'm not sure I want to be an academic-for-life, I think Anthropology likely relates to the fields I most want to pursue in the long run: writing, journalism, and/or design. I'm especially interested in agriculture, environmental anthropology, "folk" culture, and modern counter/subcultures. On the side, I'm into art, bookbinding, cooking, and photography. I'm a pragmatist, and I'm most happy when my life has momentum--when I'm doing and making stuff (hence my ambivalence re: academia).
I guess what I'm wondering is this: what programs would be worth looking at or applying to (I may not be the best applicant in the world, but I am far from the worst: while my transcript isn't perfect, it should be respectable, I go to a difficult, prestigious school, I think I'm a good writer)? At this point, I'm most interested in moving West, but this is negotiable. I prefer cities. Is it worthwhile to pursue an MA in Anthropology? And if so, what professional or options might I have at its completion? If not, do you have any alternative recommendations for someone like me? Money isn't my primary motivation in life, but avoiding impoverishment is extremely important. I'd appreciate any wisdom; life is confusing.