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Anthropology Ph.D.

Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
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Contact Information
Department of Anthropology, 395 Hubert H. Humphrey Center, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-625-3400; fax: 612-625-3095)
  • Program Type: Doctorate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2017
  • Length of program in credits: 60 to 61
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The Department of Anthropology offers graduate education in sociocultural and linguistic anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology. With the exception of the master's degree with an emphasis on cultural heritage management, the program admits students only for the PhD, although some students do earn a master's degree as part of their PhD program. Major areas of faculty research and graduate student training in sociocultural and linguistic anthropology include colonial and post-colonial studies, cultures of capitalism, cultural studies of science, the anthropology of death and dying, analysis of discourse and social interaction, economic anthropology, ethnographies of the state, gender and sexuality, globalization, human and nonhuman relations, language politics, medical anthropology, philosophical anthropology, semiotic anthropology, temporality and futurity, and urban anthropology, among other specialties. Regional specializations include Europe, the Pacific, the Middle East, North America, Russia, Southern Africa, East Asia, and South Asia. The program in biological anthropology offers training and research opportunities in two main areas: paleoanthropology and behavioral biology. The paleoanthropology specialty combines biological anthropology and Paleolithic archaeology in the reconstruction of the evolution and behavior of primates, including hominins, through the application of evolutionary theory to the analysis of skeletal morphology, faunal remains, site taphonomy, and lithic technology. The behavioral ecology specialty involves the study of the behavior and ecology of living primate species, including humans, through field studies and the analysis of long-term data. Regional specializations include Africa, Southwest Asia, Central Asia, and Europe. The program in archaeology offers training and research opportunities in the use of anthropological theories and interpretive strategies in the reconstruction of historic and prehistoric pasts based on material culture, the application of faunal and lithic analysis to questions in paleoecology and evolutionary theory, and the application of archaeological science to the reconstruction of site formation. Regional specializations include Europe, Southwest Asia, Central Asia, and North America.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
A bachelor of arts degree or equivalent is required for admission.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Graduate students who enter the PhD program with an MA degree in Anthropology, or a closely related field from another institution, will generally enter the program at the second-year level. Should second-year requirements (e.g., the research paper, preparation for the bibliography) prove overly challenging for the graduate student, the student will, in most cases, be required to continue their second year activities into their third year. In addition, they may be asked to take courses in areas of perceived weakness.
Special Application Requirements:
Three letters of recommendation and scores from the General test of the GRE should be sent to the director of graduate studies. Admission is for fall semester only; the deadline for all materials is December 1.
Applicants must submit their test score(s) from the following:
  • GRE
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Internet Based - Writing Score: 21
    • Internet Based - Reading Score: 19
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
  • MELAB
    • Final score: 84
Key to test abbreviations (GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
24 to 25 credits are required in the major.
12 credits are required outside the major.
24 thesis credits are required.
This program may be completed with a minor.
Use of 4xxx courses toward program requirements is permitted under certain conditions with adviser approval.
A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for students to remain in good standing.
At least 2 semesters must be completed before filing a Degree Program Form.
During the first year, students are required to take at least one graduate-level (8xxx) seminar in the PhD program each semester. Students should consult the Graduate Student Handbook for special requirements for sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology. Language requirements depend upon student's special area of research.
Concentration Areas
Sociocultural Anthropology
Required Major Core Courses
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 8001 - Ethnography, Theory, History (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 8002 - Ethnography: Contemporary Theory and Practice (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 8203 - Research Methods in Social and Cultural Anthropology (3.0 cr)
Major Elective Courses
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 5xxx
· ANTH 8xxx
· or other 5xxx or 8xxx level that is approved by advisor and director of Graduate Studies
Outside the Major in a Supporting Program
Take 12 credits outside the major in a graduate minor or supporting program.
Thesis Credits
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
-OR-
Biological Anthropology
Required Major Core Courses
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 8111 - Evolutionary Morphology (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 8112 - Reconstructing Hominin Behavior (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 8213 - Ecological Anthropology (3.0 cr)
Major Elective Courses
Take 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 5xxx
· ANTH 8xxx
· or other 5xxx or 8xxx level that is approved by advisor and director of Graduate Studies
Outside the Major in a Supporting Program
Take 12 credits outside the major in a graduate minor or supporting program.
Thesis Credits
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
-OR-
Archaeology
Required Major Core Courses
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 8004 - Foundations of Anthropological Archaeology (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 8230 - Anthropological Research Design (3.0 cr)
· ANTH 8009 - Prehistoric Pathways to World Civilizations (3.0 cr)
Required Methods Course
ANTH 5402 - Zooarchaeology Laboratory (3.0 cr)
or ANTH 5269 - Analysis of Stone Tool Technology (4.0 cr)
or ANTH 5444 - Archaeological Ceramics (4.0 cr)
or ANTH 4101 - Archival Analysis for Anthropologists (3.0 cr)
or ANTH 5403 - Quantitative Methods in Biological Anthropology (4.0 cr)
Major Electives Courses
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 5xxx
· ANTH 8xxx
· or other 5xxx/8xxx level courses approved by advisor
Outside the Major in a Supporting Program
Take 12 credits outside the major in a graduate minor or supporting program.
Thesis Credits
Take 24 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0-24.0 cr)
 
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ANTH 8001 - Ethnography, Theory, History
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to foundational concepts, methods, and ethnographic work. Emphasizes theories that have shaped 20th-century thinking in cultural anthropology. Connection of these theories to fieldwork and contemporary issues.
ANTH 8002 - Ethnography: Contemporary Theory and Practice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Concepts/perspectives in anthropology. Emphasizes American cultural anthropology. Rrecent work in semiotic, psychological, and feminist anthropology.
ANTH 8203 - Research Methods in Social and Cultural Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Classic and current issues in research methodology, including positivist, interpretivist, feminist, and postmodernist frameworks. Methodology, in the broadest sense of the concept, is evaluated. Students conduct three research exercises and set up an ethnographic research project. prereq: Grad anth major or instr consent
ANTH 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required
ANTH 8111 - Evolutionary Morphology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Basic foundation of diverse anatomical adaptations of living/fossil primates. Principles of evolutionary theory. Stages of embryogenesis/fetal development. Morphological diversity. Evolutionary morphology. Body size, allometry, heterochrony. Primate evolution.
ANTH 8112 - Reconstructing Hominin Behavior
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02149
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Consider major hypotheses regarding evolution of human behavior. Evidence/arguments used to support or reject hypotheses. Consider link between bone biology/behavior. Archaeological record for more holistic understanding of evidence.
ANTH 8213 - Ecological Anthropology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Seminar on method, theory, and key problems in ecological anthropology and human ecology. Examines approaches in light of human practices, interactions between culture and the environment, global environmental change, and our understanding of human dimensions of ecosystem-based management.
ANTH 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required
ANTH 8004 - Foundations of Anthropological Archaeology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical foundations of anthropological archaeology in historical and contemporary perspective. prereq: 8001, 8002
ANTH 8230 - Anthropological Research Design
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Training seminar on research development, coordination, grant management, field/laboratory research management, fundraising. prereq: Anth grad student or instr consent
ANTH 8009 - Prehistoric Pathways to World Civilizations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02045
Typically offered: Every Spring
How did complex urban societies first develop? This course addresses this question in ten regions of the world including Maya Mesoamerica, Inca South America, Sumerian Near East, Shang Civilization in East Asia, and early Greece and Rome.
ANTH 5402 - Zooarchaeology Laboratory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
How archaeologists reconstruct the past through the study of animal bones associated with artifacts at archaeological sites. Skeletal element (e.g., humerus, femur, tibia), and taxon (e.g., horse, antelope, sheep, bison, hyena) when confronted with bone. Comparative collection of bones from known taxa.
ANTH 5269 - Analysis of Stone Tool Technology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
The course offers practical lab experience in analyzing archaeological collections of stone tools to learn about human behavior in the past. Students gain experience needed to get a job in the cultural resource management industry.
ANTH 5444 - Archaeological Ceramics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ceramics as material, technology, and cultural/social trace. Methods of assessing technology/use. Research, design, and interpretation of ceramic analyses. Students work with collections and propose/answer a research question about a ceramic assemblage. Readings, discussion. prereq: 3001 or instr consent
ANTH 4101 - Archival Analysis for Anthropologists
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Methods for anthropological archival research. Preservation, curation, and organizational bias in archives. Analytic scale, voice, historical texts as material culture. Students engage in archival research.
ANTH 5403 - Quantitative Methods in Biological Anthropology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Quantitative methods used by biological anthropologists. Applying these methods to real anthropometric data. Lectures, complementary sessions in computer lab. prereq: Basic univariate statistics course or instr consent
ANTH 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral
Credits: 1.0 -24.0 [max 100.0]
Grading Basis: No Grade
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
(No description) prereq: Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required