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The Department of Anthropology offers a Masters of Arts concentration in the School of Social Sciences focused on Medicine, Science, and Technology Studies, informally known as the M.A. in MSTS. Students who complete the program will earn an M.A. in Social Sciences (Medicine, Science, and Technology Studies).

This degree is the only terminal M.A. degree in either medical anthropology or science and technology studies in the University of California system. The program recognizes that these two fields and the social phenomena they examine are inextricably linked, and flexible course offerings provide students with an opportunity to pursue projects that focus on either field or that bridge both areas of study.
Ethnographers of medicine, science, and technology are in high demand, and the M.A. in MSTS will enable students to respond to the significant and rapidly changing impact of medicine, science, and technology upon economies and societies around the world. The program helps to prepare students for a range of employment opportunities in academia, public health, technology industries, and the nonprofit sector.

The program is administered by the Department of Anthropology, but draws on the expertise of faculty across the Irvine campus.

Program Requirements

Course Requirements

The M.A. in MSTS is a one-year program. Students will take three courses per quarter for a total of nine courses (36 units). All courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.

Required courses include:

  1. Anthropology 204A: Proseminar in Medicine, Science, and Technology (4 units)
  2. Eight elective courses (32 units) that may include:
    • Approved graduate courses in the Anthropology department
    • An internship, independent study, or directed reading (up to 4 units)
    • Up to two electives may be approved upper-division undergraduate courses in the Anthropology department
    • Up to two electives may be approved courses taken outside the Anthropology department
    • Up to two electives may be Anthropology Methods courses: Anthro 208A: Anthropological Fieldwork Methodology, Anthro 211A: Statistics and Research Design; or Anthro 212A: Research Design and Data Analysis (4 units)

Comprehensive Examination

In addition to completing the required coursework, students must successfully complete a written comprehensive examination administered each year by the program committee.

Optional: Master’s with Honors Paper

In addition to the comprehensive exam, students in the program who wish to produce a written analysis larger than those created in conjunction with specific graduate courses may also complete the “Master’s with Honor’s Paper” option.

Students must declare their intention to earn a “Master’s with Honors Paper” in the fall quarter of the program. The “Master’s with Honors paper” involves combining two or three graduate seminar papers into a longer comprehensive thesis under the supervision of a program faculty member. Papers from undergraduate courses cannot be used for this option.

After completing this option, students may list the approved Honors Paper on their curricula vitae.

Course Offerings

Approved Graduate Courses in the Anthropology Department

The following Anthropology graduate courses are examples of those that may be counted as electives toward the M.A. in MSTS. Specific course offereings vary from year to year.

228A: Anthropology of Encounters  
229A: Anthropology of Knowledge  
231C: Technomethods for Sociocultural Research
232B: Medical Anthropology
232C: Ethnographies of Science and Medicine
236A: Borders and Bodies
249A: Humanisim and Posthumanism
249B: Multispecies Anthropology
250A: The Cultural Politics of Visual Representation
250B: Digitial Tech, Culture, and Media
253A: Design, Aesthetics, and Social Life  
256A: Ethnographies of Technology
257A: Natures and Environments
289A: Extinctions
289B: Disability Worlds
289C: Ecopolitics
289M: Other Knowledges

Approved Upper-Division Undergraduate Courses in the Anthropology Department

Up to two approved Anthropology undergraduate courses may be counted as electives toward the M.A. in MSTS. Specific course offerings vary from year to year, but sample courses include the following:

125B: Ecological Anthropology

125C: Environmental Anthropology

125F: Humans and Other Animals
128B: Race, Gender, and Science
128C: Digital Cultures
132A: Psychological Anthropology
134A: Medical Anthropology
134C: Medicine, Food, and Health
134F: Anthropology of the Body  
134G: HIV/AIDS in Global Context
139: Anthropology of Biomedicine and Biotechnology
139: Disease, Health, and Inequality

Students may petition for additional courses to be counted as electives. 

Program Faculty

Core Faculty    

Victoria Bernal
Tom Boellstorff
Mike Burton
Leo Chavez
Eve Darian-Smith
Kim Fortun
Mike Fortun
Sherine Hamdy
Angela C. Jenks
George Marcus
Bill Maurer
Keith M. Murphy
Valerie Olson
Kristin Peterson
Damien Sojoyner
Ian Straughn
Roxanne Varzi
Mei Zhan

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