Certificate Program in Anthropology & History Requirements

Collaboration between faculty of the History and Cultural Anthropology departments at Duke has been active since the 1980s. Numerous cross-listed graduate seminars and joint work on graduate preliminary examination committees and dissertation defense committees have testified to the vital role of this collaboration for graduate training over the years. We have now formalized this collaboration with a Certificate Program to ensure that students who wish to draw on the other discipline gain familiarity with the joint methods of both disciplines in a more systematic way. Students will also receive a tangible token in recognition of their accomplishments.

Requirements:

Students enrolled in the Ph.D. programs of either Cultural Anthropology or History wishing to earn a certificate in Anthropology and History must designate a mentor from among the affiliated faculty of the Certificate Program. With you mentor, you will draw up a coherent program of study leading to the certificate. Your program of study must include:

  • Core Graduate Seminar & Coursework
    • A 2 semester sequence that begins with HISTORY 572S / CULANTH 501S (Anthropology and History) and concludes with a research seminar where you prepare and present your own papers
    • At least 2 other courses in the non-degree department
  • Colloquium
    • Participation in an Anthropology and History colloquium
    • Presentation of work at the colloquium
  • Capstone research paper (may be a part of your Portfolio)
  • Dissertation prospectus
  • Progress Toward Completion
    • Progress will be monitored by the Director of Graduate Studies in each department. They will be assisted by one member of the affiliated faculty from each department - William Reddy and Irene Silverblatt - who will review your dossier at least once a year.

Students enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Duke other than those of Cultural Anthropology or History, wishing to earn a certificate in Anthropology and History, must designate a mentor from the affiliated faculty. With your mentor, you will draw up a coherent program of study leading to the certificate. Your program of study must include:

  • Core Graduate Seminar & Coursework
    • A 2 semester sequence that begins with HISTORY 572S / CULANTH 501S, (Anthropology and History), and concludes with a research seminar where you prepare and present your own papers
    • At least 3 other courses: at least 2 in either Cultural Anthropology or History, and at least 1 in the other department
  • Colloquium
    • Participation in an Anthropology and History colloquium
    • Presentation of your work at the colloquium
  • Capstone research paper drawing on the methodologies at the intersection of History and Cultural Anthropology
  • Preliminary examination field that focuses on the methodology of historical ethnography
  • Dissertation prospectus that draws on the joint interests of historians and anthropologists
  • Progress Toward Completion
    • Progress will be monitored by one member of the affiliated faculty - either William Reddy or Irene Silverblatt - who will review your dossier at least once a year.