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Anthropology | PhD Program

PhD in Anthropology


Degree Requirements

  • 36-54 credit hours of approved graduate work, exclusive of ANTH-898/899. Students entering the program directly from a bachelor's degree must complete 54 credit hours of graduate work, exclusive of ANTH-898/899. Students entering the program with a MA degree in anthropology or equivalent credit hours must complete 36 credit hours of graduate work, exclusive of ANTH-898/899. Students entering the program with a MA degree in a field other than anthropology or equivalent credit hours must complete 36-54 credit hours of graduate work, exclusive of ANTH-898/899. During their first semester in the PhD program, these students meet with their advisors to determine the relevance of previous work to their Proposed Program of Study. The student's Program of Study,with a justification for the proposed number of required hours of course work, must be approved by the graduate program director, and must include the number of credit hours of course work required. No more than 12 credit hours earned in a graduate certificate program may be transferred toward the PhD in anthropology program.
  • Continuous enrollment in each fall and spring semester until completion of degree requirements
  • Two languages or one language and statistical or computer analysis as a tool of research
  • Three comprehensive examinations, at least two written and at least one oral
  • Dissertation and oral defense Field work is a component of dissertation research

Course Requirements

Cultural/Social Anthropology or Archeology Concentration

  • ANTH-631 Foundations of Social and Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • ANTH-634 Foundations of Archaeology (3)
  • ANTH-637 Discourse, Text, and Voice (3)
  • 27-45 credit hours of additional coursework, chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. The total number of credit hours required depends on the student's approved Program of Study. Customarily, students receive credit for nomore than 6 credit hours of ANTH-691. Students may receive credit for no more than 9 credit hours of ANTH-590 and ANTH-690.
  • ANTH-899 Doctoral Dissertation (only after advancement to candidacy)

Race, Gender, and Social Justice Concentration

  • ANTH-632 Contemporary Theory: Culture, Power and History (3) 
  • ANTH-635 Race, Gender and Social Justice (3) 
  • 12 credit hours in race, gender, and social justice course work from the following, chosen in consultation with the student’s advisor:
  • ANTH-531 Topics in Archaeology: Archaeology and Politics (3) 
  • ANTH-535 Ethnicity and Nationalism (3) 
  • ANTH-537 Topics in Language and Culture: Language, Culture, and Education (3) 
  • ANTH-541 Anthropology and State Policy (3) 
  • ANTH-542 Reinventing Applied Anthropology (3) 
  • ANTH-544 Topics in Public Anthropology: Environmental Justice (3) or Human Rights (3) 
  • ANTH-637 Discourse, Text, and Voice (3) 
  • ANTH-640 Current Issues in Anthropology (3) 
  • 15 credit hours of course work from at least two other teaching units, including the Departments of Justice, Law and Society; History; and Sociology; and the School of International Service 
  • ANTH-691 Internship in Anthropology (3) or other practical experience in race, gender and social justice
  • 0-18 credit hours of additional coursework, chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. The total number of credit hours required depends on the student's approved Program of Study. Customarily, students receive credit for no more than 6 credit hours of ANTH-691. Students may receive credit for no more than 9 credit hours of ANTH-590 and ANTH-690.
  • ANTH-899 Doctoral Dissertation (only after advancement to candidacy)