By Peggy Thoits, Professor of Sociology During her career, Peggy Thoits has worked with graduate students at three major universities- Princeton, Indiana, and Vanderbilt- and supervised numerous dissertations.
Training And Degree Requirements The broad theoretical orientation of the faculty and their secondary areas of research make possible a solid general training in anthropological theory and methods. Especially intensive graduate training is offered in the archaeology, biology, social analysis, and history of Central America, Mexico, and South America.
More specialized courses include training in Maya languages, pre-Columbian iconography, GIS, archival research methods, specialized artifact analysis, skeletal analysis, and epigenetics research.
Candidates entering with a master's degree or previous graduate coursework may transfer up to 18 hours of credit, which would then reduce the number of semesters of funding accordingly. Graduate Program Guidelines At least 72 hours of graduate work for credit are required, at least 45 of which should be in formal course work: At least 18 hours of course work must be in level and above graduate seminars.
During the first 36 hours of course work, students should be concerned with completing distribution requirements and filling gaps in their knowledge.
After completing 45 hours of course work, the remainder will consist of dissertation research hours. Exceptions will be considered on an individual basis. However, the number of course hours approved for transfer will be subtracted from a student's total stipend award.
That is, if two semesters 18 hours of coursework is approved for transfer credit, two semesters of stipend support will be subtracted from the five-year stipend award. Full-time students are expected to enroll in the Graduate School during each fall and spring semester.
After completion of the required 72 hours for the Ph.
Candidates for the Ph. A minimum number of hours is required in each of the four major sub-fields of anthropology. In addition, at least one course in research methods is required. Students choose the two sub-fields in which to take a minimum of 6 hours in consultation with their adviser and advisory committee.
Depending on a student's background and research interests, committees may require specific additional course work, including more preparation in other sub-fields, languages, and research methods.
The minimum course distributions to be completed by all students are as follows: This will include the two-course core sequence, "History of Anthropological Theory" ANTH andto be taken during a student's first or second year in residence.
Upon entry, a new graduate student meets with the Director of Graduate Studies DGS and is assigned an adviser based on his or her primary interests. The student may choose a new adviser, if approved by the DGS, in accordance with changes in the direction of his or her work.
The student should remain in close contact with his or her adviser. Graduate Advisory Committee 3 faculty members: By the end of the second semester of enrollment, the student, in consultation with his or her adviser and the DGS, must form a three-member committee consisting of the student's adviser and two other faculty members.
At least two different sub-fields must be represented on the committee. The committee will advise students on coursework, preparation for the comprehensive exam, the development of the dissertation proposal, and writing grant applications.
In consultation with the DGS, the membership of the committee may change to better reflect the student's interests.
The student must meet with the advisory committee at least once a year in the spring. Following that meeting, a summary report of the meeting must be written by the student, approved by the adviser, and submitted to the DGS before the end of the academic year.
It is the student's responsibility to initiate these meetings in consultation with his or her adviser. In addition to this mandatory meeting, students are expected to regularly consult with all members of the advisory committee throughout the academic year.
Committee at least 4 faculty members; one from outside the department: At the time students schedule their dissertation proposal defense ie, qualifying examsand no less than one month before defending the dissertation prospectus ie, taking the qualifying exama committee of four faculty members including one from outside of the department must be formed to serve as the student's Ph.
The student must complete the Graduate School paperwork for the Qualifying Exam at least two weeks before the dissertation proposal defense. Coordinate with the department AA on submitting this paperwork. The Director of Graduate Studies directs graduate studies for the department, maintains students' permanent files, organizes examinations, and acts as an arbiter of the graduate program requirements.
The DGS will work closely with the graduate faculty advisers to keep track of student progress. The DGS will meet with all students in the Fall. Admissions decisions, departmental awards and recommendations, and general program guidance are provided by the Graduate Program Committee, composed of the DGS and two other departmental faculty members.
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