The PhD program in Anthropology consists of a minimum of 36 credit hours, plus a minimum of two semesters of ANT 767 . Students must fulfill any and all other requirements of the Graduate School. An entering PhD student should complete required coursework by the end of the second year, and successfully defend a dissertation proposal and successfully complete the qualifying exams as early as the fifth semester, but no later than the tenth semester, after admission to the program. Upon acceptance into the graduate program, a student will be assigned a graduate advisor who will review and approve all first-year coursework, and in consultation with the DGS, evaluate requests for transfer of up to 9 credit hours of equivalent graduate-level coursework. Following the first year, all coursework will be approved by the student’s committee.
Requirements in the Ph.D. program consist of: (1) three required courses - History of Theory (ANT 610 ) and a theory and a methods course in the student’s designated sub-discipline, to be taken in the first year when available; (2) a course in Research Design (ANT 662 ), (3) an approved statistics course; (4) 7 courses (21 hours) of additional coursework, of which at least 1 course must be in an anthropological sub-discipline (archaeology, biological, cultural) other than the student’s designated sub-discipline. Demonstrated competence by the student in reading or speaking one or more languages may be required by the student’s committee. Students must complete and successfully defend to their committee a dissertation research proposal prior to the scheduling of the qualifying exams.
The MA/PhD Program
With the approval of the Graduate Committee and the Director of Graduate Studies, students without a Master’s Degree may be admitted directly into the PhD program, and receive the MA following successful completion of the PhD qualifying exams. Students must take: (1) ANT 601 , ANT 610 and ANT 660 or ANT 610 , ANT 650 and ANT 651 ; (2) a statistics course at the 500+ level; and (3) a minimum of 15 additional credit hours of coursework in anthropology or cognate disciplines as approved by the student’s committee. Anthropology faculty members have research experience in the following areas: South and Southeast Asia, North and Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East and North Africa, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Latin America, and North America, including the urban and rural U.S. and with specialization in studies of Appalachia. Members of the department participate in interdisciplinary research in the University’s College of Agriculture, College of Medicine, College of Education, and School of Public Health. The Department of Behavioral Science includes anthropologists on its faculty, and students with interests in medical anthropology are encouraged to take behavioral science courses