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Anthropology Ph.D. Program

The University of Wyoming's Doctoral degree in Anthropology is designed to be completed in four years.  It is aimed at teaching skills and providing experiences that maximizes students chances of employment either in academia or the private sector.  To this end, students are required to take a course in teaching and teach at least one stand-alone class before graduating.  Internships at a federal agency or private firm are also encouraged.

*Application Deadlines*

PhD Applicants: DECEMBER 1st

Doctoral Program Requirements

  • A minimum of 72 graduate hours (post BA, post MA hours may vary).

  • A minimum of six content courses (18 hours) designed by the student and his/her committee. These courses are normally completed in the first two years of the Ph.D. program. In addition to anthropology 4000/5000 level courses may also be required in other departments.

  • Two additional courses in their first or second year: ANTH 5880 (Professionalism in Anthropology) and ANTH 5890 (Teaching and Learning in Anthropology) (6 hours).

  • Teaching experience, including stand-alone (after the completion of ANTH 5890) courses as well as teaching assistance to UW faculty members.

  • Participation in an approved internship experience (6-24 credit hours). Students pursue internships in state and federal agencies, museums, contract archaeology organizations, and other organizations that offer potential career experience.

  • Successful completion of a Preliminary Exam, which usually takes place at the end of the second year (after the completion of 18 hours of content courses, ANTH 5880 and 5890). After the student passes the exams, s/he is admitted to candidacy.

  • Student maintains a portfolio which documents teaching, internship, and research experience.

  • Students are encouraged to present papers at professional conferences and submit articles for publication throughout their tenure as a student.

  • After admission to candidacy, the student is expected to research, write, and defend a dissertation based on original research (up to 48 credit hours). Students may either submit a single thesis or a series of integrated publishable articles (30-40) pages each. A brief introduction and conclusion are also required chapters if the student chooses the series of integrated, publishable articles.  The student's committee must approve this choice and decide on the number, length and content of the articles (usually at the committee hearing preceding Preliminary Exam).

  • Schedule a public dissertation defense that is announced at least a month before the defense date.

  • Copies of the dissertation must be in the hands of the student's committee at least three weeks prior to the scheduled defense date.

Timeline/Checklist for your PhD degree.

 

In addition to the minimum requirements listed in the Graduate Bulletin, the Department of Anthropology has the following requirements.  Click here for a checklist for completing these items.

 

1. A minimum of six content courses (18 hours) designed by the student's committee. These courses are normally completed in the first two years of the Ph.D. program.

2. Two additional courses in their first or second year: ANTH 5880 (Professionalism in Anthropology) and ANTH 5890 (Teaching and Learning in Anthropology) (6 hours).

3. Participation in an approved internship experience (6-24 credit hours). Students pursue internships in state and federal agencies, museums, contract archaeology organizations, and other organizations that offer potential career experience.

4. Successful completion of a Preliminary Exam (see below), which usually takes place at the end of the second year. After the student passes the exams, s/he is admitted to candidacy. Exam guidelines are presented below after the degree completion outline.

PhD Preliminary Examination Guidelines

1. A PhD student takes their Preliminary Exam when the student has completed at least 18 hours of post M.A. coursework; normally, this would be at the end of a student's second year (assuming the student entered with an MA). The exam consists of a written and an oral component.

2. The written component consists of four to five questions submitted jointly or singly by the student's committee members. The committee chair approves and organizes the questions. The questions relate to the student's proposed areas of dissertation research.

3. The student schedules the oral component of the exam at the same time the written examination is scheduled. The oral examination is scheduled approximately 6 weeks from the date the preliminary exam is handed out.

4. Questions for the written component are handed out on a Monday. The student has three weeks to return the answers. A copy of all answers should be turned in to each committee member. No answer should exceed 10 typed pages not including bibliography (12 point font, 1 inch margins, double-spaced). Hence, the exam will not exceed a maximum of 50 pages in length. If exam committee members combine questions, page limits will be indicated (e.g. for a four question exam, one or more answer may exceed the 10 page limit).

5. Students will be informed of the results of the written component of the exam approximately two weeks after they handed in their finished exam. Each question is graded on a pass/fail basis. Each faculty member grades her/his question, but may read and comment on the answers to any other question. The committee meets to decide as a whole whether the student passes or fails the examination. If the student passes the exam, his/her oral examination proceeds as scheduled. If the student fails the examination, the graduate committee decides on remediation or termination from the program.

6. The oral component of the exam provides an opportunity for the student's committee to explore answers to the written exam in more depth and to test the student's knowledge of relevant areas not covered by the written exams.

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