Graduate Program Requirements

M.A. Program in Anthropology Requirements

M.A. Program in Anthropology with a Concentration in Socio-cultural Anthropology Requirements

M.A. Program in Applied Linguistic Anthropology Requirements

Ph.D. Program Requirements

M.A. Program in Anthropology Requirements 

Required courses, [# hours]; total = 30 credit hours

  • A student must take three of the four core classes, and get a minimum of a B. They should consult their advisor about which cores are appropriate. [9 total credits]
    • ANTH 5223 Foundations of Social Thought (core) [3 credits]
    • ANTH 5363 Linguistic Anthropology (core) [3 credits]
    • ANTH 6713 Archaeological Theory (core) [3 credits]
    • ANTH 6633 Theory and Method in Biological Anthropology (core) [3 credits]
  • Electives as approved by the Graduate Liaison and Advisor [18 credits]
  • Thesis [3 credits]

The M.A. in Anthropology requires 30 credit hours, including three core classes, elective seminars, and three hours of thesis credits. Please see the OU course catalog for a list of anthropology courses. A list of current and upcoming courses can be found here. Please consult the Graduate Bulletin, which is updated annually on the Graduate College website, for more general requirements and limitations.

Admission to candidacy is required the term before a student expects to defend their thesis (the first Monday in October for Spring graduation; the first Monday in April for Fall graduation). Anthropology has specific candidacy forms available at the Graduate College website.

M.A. committees are composed of three members of the graduate faculty in the Department of Anthropology. Please work with relevant faculty to determine an appropriate committee, keeping in mind that there may be specific limitations you need to consider in forming your committee. When you file a list of your committee members with the department's Graduate Liaison, be sure to verify that any specific limitations have been met.

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M.A. Program in Anthropology with Concentration in Socio-Cultural Anthropology Requirements 

Required courses, [# hours]; total = 30 credit hours

A student must take both of these core classes in Socio-Cultural Anthropology, and receive at least a B:

  • ANTH 5123 Contemporary Culture Theory (core) [3 credits]
  • ANTH 5223 Foundations of Social THrough (core) [3 credits]

A student also must take one of the following core classes. Usually the Linguistics core is recommended, but the decision about which core class to take should be done in consultation with the student's Advisor. A minimum of a B is required.

  • ANTH 5363 Linguistic Anthropology (core) [3 credits]
  • ANTH 6713 Archaeological Theory (core) [3 credits]
  • ANTH 6633 Theory and Method in Biological Anthropology (core) [3 credits]

A student must take one of these Research Methods courses:

  • ANTH 5253 The Anthropology of Communities [3 credits]
  • ANTH 5213 Ethnographic Methods [3 credits]

Finally, the student must take

  • Electives as approved by the Graduate Liaison and Advisor [18 credits]
  • Thesis [3 credits]

The M.A. in Anthropology with a Concentration in Socio-Cultural Anthropology requires 30 credit hours, including three core classes, a Research Methods class, elective seminars, and three hours of thesis credits. Please see the OU course catalog for a list of anthropology courses. A list of current and upcoming courses can be found here. Please consult the Graduate Bulletin, which is updated annually on the Graduate College website, for more general requirements and limitations.

Admission to candidacy is required the term before a student expects to defend their thesis (the first Monday in October for Spring graduation; the first Monday in April for Fall graduation). Anthropology has specific candidacy forms available at the Graduate College website.

M.A. committees are composed of three members of the graduate faculty in the Department of Anthropology. Please work with relevant faculty to determine an appropriate committee, keeping in mind that there may be specific limitations you need to consider in forming your committee. When you file a list of your committee members with the department's Graduate Liaison, be sure to verify that any specific limitations have been met.

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M.A. Program in Applied Linguistic Anthropology Requirements

 Required courses, [# hours]; total = 30 credit hours

  •  ANTH 5013 Phonetics and Phonemics [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5063 Language Contact, Change, Revitalization [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5223 Foundations of Social Thought (core) [3 credits]  
  •  ANTH 5363 Linguistic Anthropology [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5613 Morphosyntax [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5623 Descriptive Linguistic Methods I or LING 5363 Linguistic Field Methods [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5633 Descriptive Linguistic Methods II or ANTH 5153 Ethnography of Communication [3 credits]
  •  Electives as approved by the Graduate Liaison and Advisor [6 credits]
  •  Thesis [3 credits]

The M.A. in Applied Linguistic Anthropology (MAALA) requires 30 credit hours, including seven required classes, elective seminars, and three hours of thesis credits. Proficiency in a language other than English is also required; please see the Linguistic Anthropology subfield page for details. Please see the OU course catalog for a list of anthropology courses. A list of current and upcoming courses can be found here. Please consult the Graduate Bulletin, which is updated annually on the Graduate College website, for more general requirements and limitations.

Admission to candidacy is required the term before a student expects to defend their thesis (the first Monday in October for Spring graduation; the first Monday in April for Fall graduation). Anthropology has specific candidacy forms available at the Graduate College website.

M.A. committees are composed of three members of the graduate faculty in the Department of Anthropology. Please work with relevant faculty to determine an appropriate committee, keeping in mind that there may be specific limitations you need to consider in forming your committee. When you file a list of your committee members with the department's Graduate Liaison, be sure to verify that any specific limitations have been met.

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Ph.D. Program in Anthropology Requirements

There are three tracks in the Ph.D. Program in Anthropology: Archaeology, Health and Human Biology, and Sociocultural and Linguistic Anthropology. Beyond the 30 credits required for the M.A. (including the core classes if they have not been previously taken), these tracks generally require an additional 30 hours of coursework and 30 hours of dissertation research. There are specific additional required courses within each track. Please see the lists below for a summary of this information.

Please consult the Graduate Bulletin, which is updated annually on the Graduate College website, for more general requirements and limitations. Various forms are also available through the Graduate College website.  A list of current and upcoming courses can be found here

General exams are to be completed in (or immediately following) the last term of formal coursework as detailed on the Advisory Committee Report. Following successful completion of the exams, students complete 30 hours of dissertation research credits.

Ph.D. committees must consist of four members of the graduate faculty in the Department of Anthropology (with one from outside the student’s primary subfield) and one faculty member from outside the Department but within the University. Please work with relevant faculty to determine an appropriate committee. There may be specific limitations you need to consider in forming your committee. When you file a list of your committee members with the department's Graduate Liaison, be sure to verify that any specific limitations have been met.

Sociocultural and Linguistics Ph.D. track

Required courses, [# hours]; total = 90 credit hours

  •  ANTH 5223 Foundations of Social Thought (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5363 Linguistic Anthropology (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 6713 Archaeological Theory (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 6633 Theory and Method in Biological Anthropology (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5123 Contemporary Culture Theory [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5213 Ethnographic Methods or other Methods course [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5543 Research Design [3 credits]
  •  Electives as approved by the Graduate Liaison and Advisor [39 credits]
  •  Dissertation [30 credits]

Archaeological Ph.D. track

Required courses [# hours]; total = 90 credit hours

  • ANTH 5223 Foundations of Social Thought (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5363 Linguistic Anthropology (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 6713 Archaeological Theory (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 6633 Theory and Method in Biological Anthropology (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 6803 Advanced Archaeological Theory and Research [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 5543 Research Design [3 credits]
  •  Electives as approved by the Graduate Liaison and Advisor (ANTH 5413 Public archaeology is strongly encouraged) [42 credits]
  •  Dissertation [30 credits]

Health and Human Biology Ph.D. track

Required courses [# hours]; total = 90 credit hours

  • ANTH 5223 Foundations of Social Thought (core) [3 credits] 
  •  ANTH 5363 Linguistic Anthropology (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 6713 Archaeological Theory (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 6633 Theory and Method in Biological Anthropology (core) [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 6843 Theoretical Foundations of Biological and Medical Anthropology [3 credits]
  •  ANTH 6643 Methods in Living Populations Research [3 credits]
  •  Electives as approved by the Graduate Liaison and Advisor [42 credits]
  •  Dissertation [30 credits]

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