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PhD Program

UW Anthropology

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.

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Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: 307 766-5136


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