Master’s programs at the department include four semesters of intensive lectures and seminars, combined with research work for the student's Master thesis. Most courses are conducted in Russian, though much reading is in English. Graduates receive a Master's diploma.
Master's programs (Cultural Anthropology, Folklore Studies, Sociolinguistcs) offer students core courses in the theory and history of cultural and social anthropology (A. Baiburin, Y. Berezkin), folklore studies (G. Levinton), sociolinguistics (N. Vakhtin, K. Fedorova), linguistic anthropology (E. Golovko) and fieldwork methods (I. Utekhin, S. Shtyrkov). Additionally, the curriculum also involves elective courses, among which are the following:
- Anthropology of Computing (I. Utekhin)
- Introduction to Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis (I. Utekhin)
- Language and Culture (E. Golovko)
- Anthropology of Ethnicity (E. Golovko, S. Shtyrkov)
- Anthropology of Religion (S. Shtyrkov)
- Folk Narrative Prose (S. Shtyrkov)
- Non-classical Mythology (Y. Berezkin)
- Prehistory to Civilizations (Y. Berezkin)
- Unconventional Folklore (M. Lurye)
- Urban Anthropology: Local Text (M. Lurye)
- Anthropology of Migration (S. Abashin)
Students are also free to take courses in other EUSP departments.
A general description of the Master's programs and detailed information about the courses offered within each can be found below:
The Master's thesis topic must be determined by the student and agreed upon with a prospective supervisor by the end of the second semester. For students who plan to continue their studies in the Department's Ph.D program, the Master’s thesis should be considered research for their dissertation.
Ph.D Level Program
The Ph.D level program lasts 6 semesters, during which students attend some lectures and seminars, but primarily concentrate on their Ph.D research. Applicants are enrolled in the program on the basis of examination results. By graduation, the students are supposed to have completed their dissertations and made all necessary preparations to defend it.
The Department of Anthropology is not involved with any group internship programs and only offers students individual internships. Each intern's program is composed individually according to his/her interests and preferences. Apart from attending lectures and seminars of their choice, interns also have access to all EUSP academic and technical resources (library, computer lab, etc) and academic consultations.