Combined B.A./M.A. Program

This program creates the option of leaving GW with a master's degree after (typically) five years of study. The Combined B.A./M.A. links our graduate program with our three undergraduate major programs in a B.A./M.A. (or B.S./M.A.) dual degree.

Students hoping for a combined B.A./M.A. should plan well in advance and confer with their major advisor about the details of their course of study.

Admissions

Students who wish to pursue a combined degree program must apply to the graduate portion of the program no later than February 15 of their junior year and after completing 75 undergraduate credits. Admission will be granted only to Columbian College students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in courses required for the major; students from other colleges are not eligible.

As with all combined B.A./M.A. programs in the college, applicants do not apply online but complete the Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program Application for Admission,  Notice that this form must be approved by both the head undergraduate and the head graduate advisor in the Anthropology Department.  Students will be recommended for admission to the B.A./M.A. program on the same basis as other applicants for graduate degrees, with the final decision being made by the Columbian College graduate dean, following existing policies.

Graduation

B.A./M.A. students receive their B.A. or B.S. after four years, and are admitted to the M.A. program with the understanding that 12 credits of graduate M.A. coursework count towards the bachelor's degree. This leaves another 24 credits following the end of the student's senior year to complete the M.A. degree. These 24 credits normally will be taken during the summer after the senior year (6 credits), and two additional semesters with the normal full-time M.A. student load of 9 credits per semester.

Students will therefore be able to complete the B.A./M.A. dual degree with one year of full-time study beyond the B.A. Only during that one year will they be officially graduate students and eligible for consideration as teaching assistants, graders, etc.

Specific Degree Requirements for B.A./M.A.

B.A./B.S. in Anthropology: Students complete the normal undergraduate requirements, taking 24-36 hours of anthropology courses and required courses in other departments. When calculating their program GPA, students include required courses outside the Anthropology Department, such as biology courses required for the Biological Anthropology major. For the five-year dual degree, students take as undergraduates electives that count for both the B.A./B.S. degree and the M.A.

Candidates for the combined degree do not have to take the GRE.

M.A. in Anthropology: Students complete the normal M.A. sequence, totaling 36 credit hours. The only difference with the five-year program is that students will complete the first four courses (12 credit hours) in their senior year by double-counting 12 hours of course work for their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Students must specify the double-counted courses on a Combined Degree Credit Form, have this approved by the Director of Graduate Studies, and send a copy to CCAS.

One or two additional courses (3-6 credit hours) would be taken the summer after the senior year, and involve supervised fieldwork or reading and research in consultation with Anthropology advisors.

B.A./M.A. Sample Sequence for Anthropology Majors

This is an example of how you would schedule your courses if you chose the Anthropology B.A./M.A. degree. The example provided is of a general anthropology B.A. who takes a general anthropology M.A. as part of the B.A./M.A. sequence.

Students from biological anthropology can also be admitted to the combined degree program providing they can meet both the requirements of their undergraduate major and of the graduate program (whether general or a concentration) without “double counting” more than 12 credits towards both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Thus, there may be students who are B.S. (Biological)/ M.A. (Medical) or some other permutation.

Freshman/Sophomore years

  • Anth 1001, 1002, 1003, 1004 (13 hours)
  • Language requirement (12 hours) (if needed)
  • GCR courses (ca. 39 hours) (parts of natural science, social science, and foreign culture fulfilled as part of Anthropology major, one or two of the others can be substituted for electives in junior year)

Junior year: fall (15 hours)

  • Upper-level linguistics
  • Upper-level biological anthropology
  • Upper-level topics in sociocultural anthropology
  • Two electives/ GPAC courses

Junior year: spring (15 hours)

  • Upper-level cultures (3700s) (can also be obtained in a study abroad program)
  • Upper-level archaeology (can also be obtained in a study abroad program)
  • Two electives/ GPAC courses
  • Anth 2008
  • Apply for admission to B.A./M.A

Senior year: fall (15 hours)

  • Graduate seminar (e.g., Anth 6302)
  • Four electives, including either a second graduate-level course or an upper-level undergraduate course for graduate credit

Senior year: spring (15 hours)

  • Methods course (e.g. Anth 3531 or 6351, Anth 3838)
  • Anth 6103, Proseminar in Archaeology
  • Three electives, may include a graduate-level course or upper-level undergraduate course for graduate credit

Senior year: summer (3-6 hours)

  • Anth 6995, Research

Post-B.A. year: fall (9 hours)

  • Anth 6102, Proseminar in Sociocultural Anthropology
  • Placing-out exams in biological anthropology and linguistics
  • Three electives (could include thesis research or internship)

Post-B.A. year: spring (9-12 hours)

  • Three electives (could include thesis research or internship)
  • Hand in thesis or other culminating exercise

Undergraduate Admissions