Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required to Earn the Degree: 43

Required Courses:

Core Courses
ANTH 5396History of Anthropological Theory3
ANTH 8001Mobility and Global Inequality3
ANTH 8002Evolution, Human Environments, and the Culture Niche3
ANTH 8012Ethical Considerations in Anthropology Research3
ANTH 8330Funding and Grant Writing in Anthropology 13
CLA 8985Teaching in Higher Education: Liberal Arts1
Methods Course
Select one from the following:3
ANTH 5006
Quantitative Analysis of Anthropological Data
ANTH 5170
Methods in Archaeology
ANTH 5189
Field Session in Archaeology
ANTH 5389
Fieldwork in Ethnography
ANTH 5444
Anthropological Problems in Visual Production
ANTH 5458
Anthropology of Public Culture
ANTH 5504
Language as Social Action
ANTH 5509
Language Socialization and Cultural Reproduction
ANTH 5510
Methods in Linguistic Anthropology
ANTH 5770
Methods in Physical Anthropology
ANTH 8011
Teaching of Anthropology
Electives 218
Research Courses 36
ANTH 9994
Preliminary Examination Preparation
ANTH 9998
Pre-Dissertation Research
ANTH 9999
Dissertation Research
Total Credit Hours43

Approved Electives Grouped by Theme

Evolution and Human Environments
ANTH 5171Comparative Early Civilizations3
ANTH 5172Seminar in Northeastern Prehistory3
ANTH 5796Biocultural Adaptation of Human Populations3
ANTH 5797Reproductive Biology of Human Populations3
ANTH 5798Seminar in Evolutionary Biology3
ANTH 8005Approaches in Physical Anthropology3
ANTH 8006Approaches in Archaeology3
ANTH 8110Problems in Archaeology3
Mobility and Global Inequality
ANTH 5177Approaches to Historic Sites in Archaeology3
ANTH 5180Historic Sites in Archaeology3
ANTH 5310Theories and Methods in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 5322Anthropology and Development3
ANTH 5325Culture, History, and Power3
ANTH 5328Seminar in Social Organization3
ANTH 5332Medical Anthropology3
ANTH 5335Anthropology and Social Policy3
ANTH 5355Anthropology of Sexuality and Gender3
ANTH 5358Race and Class in North America3
ANTH 5366Contemporary Perspectives in Urban Anthropology3
ANTH 5428Theory and Methods in Culture and Communication3
ANTH 5438Anthropology of Mass Media3
ANTH 5501Language, Power, and Agency3
ANTH 8003Approaches in Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 8004Approaches in Linguistic Anthropology3
ANTH 8310Problems in Socio-Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 8320Problems in Ethnology3
ANTH 8340Advanced Seminar in Social Anthropology3
ANTH 8344Seminar in Expressive Culture3
ANTH 8366Violence: An Anthropological Approach3
ANTH 8408Approaches in the Anthropology of Visual Communication I3
ANTH 8409Approaches in the Anthropology of Visual Communication II3
ANTH 8429Problems in the Anthropology of Visual Communication3
ANTH 8435Seminar in Visual Anthropology and the Arts3
ANTH 8550Current Issues in Linguistic Anthropology3

Language Examination: Each doctoral student must pass a written examination of proficiency in a language other than English, preferably by the end of the second year.

Culminating Events:
Comprehensive Exam:
At the end of the fourth semester, students  take a comprehensive examination. This exam is meant to assess the integrated knowledge gained in the five core anthropology courses. A committee of faculty who teach the five courses write this exam. All members of a cohort take the same exam.

Dissertation Research Proposal:
Students must have an approved doctoral dissertation research proposal in order to advance to doctoral candidacy. The research proposal must be approved by the student's advisory committee before taking the preliminary examination for doctoral students. Students whose proposed research involves working with human subjects must apply for approval from Temple's Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Preliminary Examination for Doctoral Students:
Each student must pass the preliminary exam before being advanced to doctoral candidacy. This examination is written by the members of each student’s Preliminary Examination Committee and is intended to evaluate the student's knowledge of the field, readiness to perform doctoral research, and preparedness to write a doctoral dissertation. The preliminary exam should be completed no more than one year after the student finishes her/his coursework. No student may take the preliminary examination more than twice.

Advancement to Doctoral Candidacy:
A doctoral student is advanced to doctoral candidacy when s/he has completed all requirements for the doctoral degree except the research, writing, and defense of the doctoral dissertation. These requirements include completing all required coursework, passing the comprehensive examination, writing an acceptable dissertation research proposal, passing the preliminary examination for doctoral students, and fulfilling the language proficiency requirement. A student cannot be advanced to candidacy with a grade of "I" (Incomplete) or "NR" (No Record) on her/his transcript.

Doctoral Dissertation:
The doctoral dissertation must constitute a significant, original, research-based contribution to scholarship in the student's field of study. It must also conform to the rules set out in Temple University Graduate School's "Dissertation and Thesis Handbook."

Upon advancement to doctoral candidacy, each student must form a Doctoral Advisory Committee. This committee must include at least two Graduate Faculty members from the Department of Anthropology, one of whom serves as the student's primary academic advisor and as chair of the committee. The committee may also include one or more Graduate Faculty members from other Temple schools/colleges, departments, or programs; faculty members from other universities; and/or other doctorally trained experts. The members of the Doctoral Advisory Committee supervise the student's doctoral research and the writing of the dissertation.

The completed dissertation is read and evaluated by a Dissertation Examining Committee, which consists of the members of the Doctoral Advisory Committee plus an external reader for the dissertation defense. The external committee member is ideally a member of the Graduate Faculty at Temple but may not be from the faculty of the student's home department and may not have been involved in the planning, execution, or write-up of the dissertation research. A faculty member from another university or other doctorally trained expert may also serve as the external committee member with approval of the Graduate School. In addition to being evaluated and approved by the committee members in its written form, the completed doctoral dissertation must be presented and defended orally by the doctoral candidate.