Anthropology: PhD

Graduate Program in Anthropology

Dec. 1
Doctor of Philosophy
2 years minimum

Program Handbook

The Ph.D. in anthropology focuses on Integrative Anthropology; by this, we mean integration of anthropological perspectives (beyond what is usually considered the "four-field" approach), integration of theory and application, integration of teaching, research, and ethics, and integration of anthropology with other resources and scholars on campus and elsewhere. Students will learn to use multiple approaches to understanding humanity and its diversity and to address big questions in an inquiry-based fashion. We inculcate respect for divergent intellectual approaches, civil exchange, and an ethical orientation. Through a professionalization and apprenticeship approach, graduates will be prepared to take their place as scholar-teacher-practitioners in or out of the academy in the twenty-first century.

Areas and Fields of Study

  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Ethnography/cultural anthropology
  • Archaeology
  • Biological anthropology
  • Health and culture
  • Business anthropology
  • Childhood, families, and learning
  • Development, violence, peace, and environment
  • Human-environment systems
  • Movement of people
  • Evolutionary anthropology
  • Social complexity, identity, and power
  • Ritual, belief, practice, language, and meaning

Last updated: 8/31/2023

Application Materials:
  • GRE General Test optional
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo for non-native speakers of English
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary institution; one must show conferral of a bachelor's degree. (Due upon enrollment)
  • Statement of intent
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing sample(s) - refer to program site for details
  • Additional materials required; refer to program site for details.

Christopher Ball
Director of Graduate Studies
Phone: (574) 631-6993