Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree in the field of Anthropology

Program Learning Outcomes for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of Anthropology

Upon completing the MA and PhD degrees in the field of Anthropology, students will be able to:

  1. Excel at professions within and outside the academy, which emphasize research, analytic, and writing skills. 
  2. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the history of the discipline as well as anthropological theory and practice. 
  3. Utilize the key methodological, theoretical, and analytical skills at the heart of the discipline and become skilled producers of anthropological knowledge, able to critique actively and reconfigure canonical approaches to social science. 
  4. Apply research and analytical skills to original research questions and case studies to produce innovative approaches to anthropological knowledge and intervene effectively in both disciplinary discussions and wider sociocultural debates. 
  5. Conduct responsible, ethical research with interlocutors and consultants in a world of increasingly complex interplay between small-scale and large-scale concerns and commitments. 

Requirements for the MA and PhD Degrees in the field of Anthropology

The department seeks applicants to the PhD program with a defined research interest in sociocultural anthropology; an undergraduate background in anthropology is desirable, but not required. Entering students will devise a detailed first-year plan of study with provisional plans for succeeding years in consultation with a faculty advisory committee. The plan will emphasize broad training in the discipline before the eventual definition of a dissertation research project.

MA Degree Program

The MA degree is a thesis master’s degree. For general university requirements, please see Thesis Master’s Degrees. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Although students are not normally admitted to study for an MA in the social-cultural area of specialization, graduate students may earn the MA degree after obtaining approval of their candidacy for the PhD. To earn an MA degree in the field of Anthropology, students must complete: 

  • 30 semester hours of approved course work.
  • Two qualifying exams or two qualifying essays required for PhD candidacy. 
  • A thesis which meets the standards of the student's PhD candidacy committee.

PhD Degree Program

For general university requirements, please see Doctoral Degrees. For additional requirements, regulations, and procedures for all graduate programs, please see All Graduate Students. Students pursuing the PhD degree program in Anthropology with the social-cultural specialization must:

  • Complete required course work: 90 semester hours of graduate study (undergraduate courses, including language courses, do not satisfy this requirement).
  • Complete 5 Required Courses (15 credit hours) listed below.
  • Complete 4 additional courses (12 credit hours) as electives in the Department of Anthropology (either ANTH 500-level or ANTH 600-level).
  • Prior to achieving candidacy, successfully complete an end-of-year report. Students will write a 2-3 page (double-spaced) summary of their achievements for the year and consult with a faculty panel at the end of each spring semester.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the PhD Degree in Anthropology90

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
ANTH 506HISTORY OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL IDEAS3
ANTH 507ANTHROPOLOGICAL DIRECTIONS FROM SECOND WORLD WAR TO PRESENT3
ANTH 601GRADUATE PROSEMINAR IN ANTHROPOLOGY: THEORY, METHOD, AND PROFESSIONALIZATION3
ANTH 602ANTHROPOLOGY PROPOSAL WRITING SEMINAR3
ANTH 650PEDAGOGY 13
Elective Requirements
Students pursuing the PhD must select at least 4 courses from departmental (ANTH) course offerings at the 500-level or 600-level12
Additional Requirements as Defined by the Department63
Total Credit Hours90

Footnotes and Additional Information

Requirements for PhD Candidacy (and thus eligibility for the candidacy MA)

Students pursuing the PhD degree program in Anthropology must complete the following. These requirements must be completed no later than the end of the eighth semester of enrollment in the program:

  • Successful completion of all required courses. Students must receive at least a 'B' in a course for the department to deem it successfully completed. An overall GPA of at least 3.00 each semester must be maintained to remain in good academic standing.
  • The approval by the student's candidacy committee of either two qualifying examinations or two qualifying essays (further details are noted in the Graduate Student Handbook on the Department of Anthropology’s website).  
  • The approval by the student's candidacy committee of the design and content of at least one undergraduate syllabus to be created in ANTH 650.
  • The committee’s approval of the dissertation research.
  • For students not bilingual (in English and their field research language), the passing of an examination in a period of 90 minutes, with the help of a dictionary, of at least 1,000 words into English from an academic journal article in anthropology in either the relevant field language or a major scholarly language, such as French, German, or Spanish.
  • (For acquisition of the PhD) Successful completion of extended fieldwork with regular reports made back to the dissertation committee.
  • (For acquisition of the PhD) Complete and defend the dissertation to the satisfaction of the dissertation committee.

Policies for the PhD Degree in the field of Anthropology

Department of Anthropology Graduate Program Handbook

The General Announcements (GA) is the official Rice curriculum. As an additional resource for students, the department of Anthropology publishes a graduate program handbook, which can be found here:
http://gradhandbooks.rice.edu/2018_19/Anthropology_Graduate_Handbook.pdf.

Financial Support

All first-year students receive the same level of support: a combination of graduate fellowships and tuition scholarships. These awards are renewed for a further four years of study contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Additional Information

For additional information, please see the Anthropology website: http://anthropology.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the PhD Degree in the field of Anthropology

Additional Information 

For additional information, please see the Anthropology website: http://anthropology.rice.edu/