General Description / Special Programs
The department recognizes three principal sub-fields of anthropology in which a PhD may be earned: archaeology, biocultural anthropology, and sociocultural anthropology. Beginning in 2011, the sociocultural track program will only accept applications for admission in odd numbered years. The MA degree may be earned while pursuing the doctoral degree. For each of the respective graduate programs, completion of the core requirements and a reading knowledge of one foreign language are required. The major areas emphasized in the faculty and curriculum are North America, Africa, China, and Asia. A formal concurrent MPH/PhD degree program with the departments of Epidemiology, Global Health, and Health Services is also available. The PhD programs require at least three years beyond the two-year master's level, including a year of field research a
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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA/BS major
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
55 credits as follows: Core courses (20 credits): ARCHY 205, BIO A 201; any 200-level ANTH course; and one of the following: STAT 220, CS&SS/SOC/STAT 221, STAT 311, QSCI 381. 35 additional ANTH, ARCHY, and BIO A credits distributed across the subfields or concentrated as suits the interests of the student. 20 of these credits must be in upper-division (300- or 400-level) courses. Students may count one 100-level ANTH, ARCHY, or BIO A course toward the major, but are not required to do so. The following AIS courses may apply toward this requirement: AIS 201, AIS 202, AIS 203, AIS 240, AIS 311, AIS 312, AIS 316, AIS 317, AIS 330, AIS 335, AIS 340, AIS 443. Maximum 12 credits from ANTH 499, ARCHY 499, and BIO A 499 combined can be counted toward the major. Additional major requirements: The cumulative GPA of all courses counted toward the major requirements must be 2.00 or greater. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 upper-division credits in anthropology at the UW
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Phd Requirements 90 credits: Core courses, comprehensive exam, research paper, foreign language (sociocultural and archaeology only), student teaching, general exam, dissertation colloquium, field research, final exam (dissertation defense)
Other Degree Field Areas
Joint MPH/PhD, Medical Anthropology and Global Health
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities Graduate: Limited financial aid is available in the form of teaching and research assistantships. Small monetary fellowships for entering/continuing students are available.
Program Details
Research Facilities Thomas Burke Memorial Museum, Digital Archaeology Research Lab (DigAR), Luminescence Dating Lab, Biological Anthropology and Biodemography Lab, Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences, Quaternary Research Center
Certs Offered 0
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0