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What are your thoughts on Post-bacc programs for Anthropology? I know Columbia and UPenn for example offer Post-baccalaureate Studies/ Graduate Foundations programs for non-med disciplines such as Anthropology. I am wondering if it is worth it to pursue for someone like me, who is interested in pursuing an MA in Anthropology but has never taken an Anthro class in my life.
I just recently graduated this past spring with a degree in Film & Media Studies (with a focus on journalism). Because my major was an interdisciplinary program and because I went to a liberal arts university, I was able to take classes in different departments and connect patterns among various ideas. I took many Sociology classes, which I not only did well in, but also loved. However, over time I have realized that the Anthropology perspective is more suitable for me. Additionally, I have much extracurricular experience in the world of journalism, and I’ve found that long-form journalism has ethnographic elements. I hope to pursue graduate school in Anthropology (perhaps Sociocultural or Applied) as I feel it will give me the proper foundation in order to understand other cultures, and provide me with the skills to be a deeper critical thinker, better writer on culture, and more. I am also interested in potentially pursuing either a career in international reporting or user research, which I feel a Master’s in Anthro will help me succeed in (I'm not interested in a PhD program at this time). I hope to enroll in a grad program that is a combination of practice and theory, and I am interested in doing fieldwork. Do you have any advice for me? What programs should I look into?
Hi, I applied for MA in anthropology of development at SOAS, Sussex and Cambridge (MPhil in Social anthropology for Cambridge). I got offers from Sussex and SOAS, and waiting for the result from Cambridge. If given an offer for Cambridge, I would still be at a loss which one to pick out of those 3 school; I lack info, because I am Japanese and cannot go see the school and students there. In order to decide which school, I need to know: where are past MA students of SOAS (anthro of development) now and what do they do? Many of Sussex's past students are working as development practitioners, as the school's website lets know. Cambridge, on the other hand, I believe many of its past students (more than Sussex at least) are doing extended research. What about SOAS?? What do many of past students from SOAS's Anthro of Development do after completing the programme? And if you know the answer to the same question concerning Cambridge, it would be a great help for me too. Can anyone please help me? I would really appreciate it. Many thanks in advance. Takanari (I posted before and apparently no one had an answer... so I decided to ask a different question.)