MA in Theological and Cultural Anthropology
The Master of Arts in Theological and Cultural Anthropology at Eastern University is an eleven month program that prepares students to teach anthropology, serve in cross-cultural Christian ministry, and/or find jobs in business or government that are related to international work.
The program is distinctive in the following ways:
- A faith-based approach to anthropology: Drawing on both theological and scientific anthropologies, students are prepared to understand people and cultures in a holistic perspective, including the spiritual aspect.
- Excellence in academic study: The primary theories and concepts in anthropology, as articulated by the most renowned anthropologists, are critically examined and put into dialogue with excellent theological thinking.
- Practical application: Cross-cultural study is uniquely relevant to the modern globalized world. A wide variety of organizations, from the church to business and government, appreciate the value added by a trained anthropologist. The combination of theology and anthropology is especially valued by Christian agencies.
- Preparation for doctoral programs in anthropology: Many doctoral programs prefer a previously earned master’s degree. They may also wish to see a sample of writing, such as a thesis, as part of their application process. This program includes the writing of a master’s thesis under the careful instruction of a mentor.
- Able to complete the degree in one year: The program is carefully arranged to provide students with a full master’s degree in anthropology, relevant classes in theology, and electives in faith-based economic development as a form of practiced anthropology. It is delivered in 11 months, for 33 credits, allowing students to go on to jobs or to doctoral programs quickly.
Skills developed by this program:
- The ability to do ethnographic research and writing for government, business, and church agencies working internationally and at home.
- The ability to write and publish scholarly work that expands anthropology’s understanding of humanity to include a faith-based perspective.
- The ability to plan and implement a wide variety of programs in which people from various cultural backgrounds work together, and/or services are provided that take culture into account.