Anthropology (Ph.D.)

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is contingent upon admission to the Graduate School. Only a limited number of applicants who have demonstrated superior ability can be accepted in this program.

In addition to the transcripts and other materials required by the Graduate School, the Department requires all materials cited above for admission to the Master of Arts program; curriculum vitae; writing sample, three letters of recommendation, and letter of intent. The GRE is also required. An applicant's admissibility into the doctoral program will not be reviewed until all these materials have been received.

All application and admissions materials must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions by January 15 to begin in the Fall semester.

The Plan of Work must be submitted before forty credits have been completed and before the qualifying examination is scheduled.

 

The Doctor of Philosophy requires ninety credits beyond the baccalaureate degree, thirty of which must be earned as dissertation credit.

A minimum of thirty credits of graduate work must be at the 7000-level or above (excluding dissertation credits). Students must petition the Graduate Committee for course equivalents, substitutes, or any other exceptions to the Ph.D. requirements. The student is expected to command in detail theories, concepts, methodology, and research techniques in common usage in the student's subfield of concentration (cultural anthropology, linguistics, archaeology, or physical anthropology).

In the Qualifying Examinations, the student must demonstrate, by written examination, competence in depth in at least three areas of specialization relating to the dissertation topic, including mastery of a broad range of theoretical materials and an ability to think and write analytically. After passing the Qualifying Examinations and prior to beginning fieldwork, the student must submit the following documents:

  1. an oral defense of the dissertation prospectus and an approved doctoral dissertation outline and record of approval form;
  2. a prospectus; and
  3. a Human Investigations Committee Behavioral Protocol Summary Form, when applicable.

Once the student has attained candidate status, he/she is required to register for doctoral dissertation credits. Students must register for 9000-level credits (ANT 9991ANT 9992ANT 9993, and ANT 9994) through the Graduate Office and must fulfill 7.5 credits in these courses each semester for four consecutive semesters (excluding spring-summer). All course work completed to satisfy the following degree requirements must be done in accordance with the regulations of the Graduate School and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Additionally, the student is expected to:

  1. complete substantial field research, which will ordinarily be of sufficient duration and scope to provide materials for the student’s dissertation (in the case of physical anthropology and some other specializations, the dissertation may be based on laboratory research); and
  2. submit an acceptable dissertation and present a final lecture.

Coursework: The following courses, or their equivalents, must be completed:

Core
ANT 5140Biology and Culture3
ANT 5210Anthropological Methods4
ANT 5270Concepts and Techniques in Archaeology3
ANT 5320Language and Societies3
ANT 7005Thinking and Writing Anthropology3
ANT 7010Anthropological Theory I3
ANT 7020Anthropological Theory II3
ANT 7030Debates in Anthropology3
ANT 7780Conceptualizing the Dissertation 3
ANT 7777Teaching Anthropology1
Methods Options
Select one of the following:6
Qualitative Research I
and Qualitative Research II
OR two of the following:
Mixed Methods Research Methodology
Field Work in Archaeology of the Americas
Archaeological Laboratory Analysis
7000-level coursework within Antropoloogy9
Graduate work in a discipline other than Anthropology3
Graduate level electives13
ANT 9991Doctoral Candidate Status I: Dissertation Research and Direction7.5
ANT 9992Doctoral Candidate Status II: Dissertation Research and Direction7.5
ANT 9993Doctoral Candidate Status III: Dissertation Research and Direction7.5
ANT 9994Doctoral Candidate Status IV: Dissertation Research and Direction7.5
Total Credits90

Foreign Language Requirement: Doctoral students must demonstrate a proficiency in an approved scholarly language. Approved foreign languages include (but are not limited to) Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Proficiency may be demonstrated in any of the following ways:

  1. a grade of ‘C’ or better in one and one-half years of work in the language offered to meet the requirement (three semesters or five quarters of coursework at any accredited college or university);
  2. satisfactory performance on a standardized (Educational Testing Services) examination; or
  3. certification of competence to carry out research in the relevant language by a member of the graduate faculty of Wayne State or an equivalent university. The nature of the tools of research and requirements for satisfactory proficiency will be determined by each student’s doctoral committee. Additionally mandated tools of research may include additional statistics, mathematics, computer science and/or a field language.

Additional Information: A more detailed discussion of the doctoral program is available from the department. Students should also consult the Graduate School's general requirements for doctoral degrees.