Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Anthropology

Graduate Study
Anthropology - Doctor of Philosophy

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.


Incoming graduate students apply to and are accepted into the master’s degree program. At the time of the student’s second-year program review, students are evaluated by the faculty for advancement into the doctoral program. In exceptional circumstances, a student may petition for earlier review.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Anthropology

Students must complete the following:

1. Both of the following courses (6 credits):      
  ANP 830 Cultural and Linguistic Anthropological Theory: Key Issues and Debates 3    
  ANP 840 Biocultural Evolution 3    
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):      
  ANP 420 Language and Culture 3    
  ANP 820 Language and Cultural Meaning 3    
  This requirement may be waived by the department on the basis of prior course work.      
3. Completion of a methods course appropriate for the student’s subdiscipline. The course must be approved by the student’s guidance committee.      
4. Completion of additional elective credits approved by the student’s guidance committee.
5. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination, including preparation of a dissertation research proposal.
6. Successful completion of 24 credits of ANP 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research and defense of the doctoral dissertation.