Ph.D. in Anthropology

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is an academic qualification in the field of anthropology. Students are expected to complete a research project that involves intensive anthropological study. A doctoral program takes on average 3-4 years to complete. Anthropology is the study of human origins, relationships and cultural development. Students who have a keen interest in other cultures and their development may want to consider majoring in anthropology.

Program Coursework

Curricular requirements for anthropology Ph.D. students include more elective than required courses. Students choose electives to assist them in completing their dissertation or can take courses to round out their knowledge and skills. Potential class topics include:

  • Gender in contemporary cultures
  • Primate behavior and biology
  • Artifact conservation
  • Ethnographic analysis
  • Paleoanthropology

Learning outcomes

  • Be able to critically apply anthropological concepts to analyze current world issues and problems
  • Demonstrate the ability to analyze problems from multiple perspectives.
  •  Develop an understanding and become familiar with the origins of humans and their evolution.
  • Develop an understanding of the various ways in which anthropologists understand culture.
  • Ability to understand the ways in which culture constructs the ideas and behaviors that make up everyday life.
  • Demonstrate the ability to evaluate cultural diversity.