Ph.D. Degree


Coursework is intended to be concentrated in the first two years (four semesters) of study, although students may occasionally take courses in subsequent years. Generally Ph.D. students in Evolutionary Anthropology take between 13-15 courses in their first two years to satisfy their course requirements.

The Minor Field

In addition to a major area of research focus, our students are also required to pursue a minor field. Our goal is to ensure that students have a breadth of knowledge outside of their immediate specialty. Students declare a minor field at the first meeting of their dissertation committee (and generally in consultation with the committee). At least one member of the dissertation committee must represent the minor field, and will be charged with assessing the student’s knowledge in the minor during the preliminary exam.

Given the wide range of research areas represented in Evolutionary Anthropology, dissertation committees will have the freedom to determine the specific nature of the minor, so as to tailor it to the needs of the individual student.