Degree Offerings

Degree Program Requirements Overview
Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology
  • 18 graded courses, no more than 5 independent studies
  • At least 2 courses in disciplines outside of Cultural Anthropology
  • Theories Exam
  • Portfolio 
  • Dissertation
  • Language proficiency
  • Plan of Study
  • Research or teaching service
Certificate Program in Anthropology and History
  • Core graduate seminar
  • Participation and presentation in colloquium
  • At least two other courses in the non-degree department.
  • Research paper (may be a part of the student's portfolio).
  • Dissertation prospectus

Transfer Credit

The department does not normally grant credit for any previous M.A. work at other universities. Our philosophy is that you will gain the most benefit by taking a full course load in the department – and proceeding through the program at the same pace as your fellow students. In rare cases when a student would need course credit to stay with their cohort – because they have been forced to take a leave absence sometime in their first three years in the program – the department will consider granting credit for up to two previous graduate-level courses at other universities. The courses must be graduate-level courses in Anthropology. Any student seeking credit should discuss the matter with DGS and, if they choose to petition for credit, provide to the DGS the course syllabi, graded coursework or other verification of successful completion, and a written explanation of the reason for their petition.