Anthropology: Physical, PhD
The emphasis in the Graduate Program is on training candidates for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. This degree certifies that, in addition to having a sound knowledge of anthropology as a whole, the holder has been trained to do independent research at a professional level of competence in at least one of the major sub-disciplines of anthropology: archaeology, cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, or linguistic anthropology.
View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.
The total course units for graduation in this major is 20. A minimum of 12 course units must be taken at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to course requirements, there are language requirements, a written PhD Preliminary Examination ("Comprehensive Exam") and the Final PhD Examination ("Oral Exam") for the PhD.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.
Sample Plan of Study
|Contemporary Archaeology in Theory|
|Language in Culture and Society|
|Contemporary Approaches to the Study of Culture and Society|
|Basic Courses in Area of Specialization|
|Comprehensive Examination (spring)|
|Specialized courses, seminars, tutorials|
|Grant writing course|
|Completion of Language Exam (fall or spring)|
|Completion of course requirements|
|Apply for dissertation research grants|
|Oral Examination & submission of Dissertation Proposal|
|Dissertation Research, Writing, and Submission|
|Sixth Year (if necessary)|
|Dissertation Writing and Submission|