Anthropology Designated Emphasis


A designated emphasis (DE) denotes a broadening of training that comes from adding course work, training, and/or research work from an external department, degree-granting program, or cross-departmental grouping of faculty who together offer a designated emphasis. 


Committee Composition and Departmental Approvals

One member of the student’s qualifying examination committee must be Senate Faculty appointed in the Department of Anthropology. In addition, Senate Faculty appointed in the Department of Anthropology must serve on the student’s doctoral thesis committee.

Course Requirements

The student must take four graduate courses in the Department of Anthropology. An independent study with a faculty member of the Anthropology Department may count as only one of the four courses. Grant Writing (ANTH 228) may not be counted toward these requirements. Tutorials that are taught in conjunction with undergraduate courses do not count toward these requirements.

Writing, Research and/or Teaching Requirements

At the time of the qualifying examination, the student must submit to the Anthropology Department a full statement, up to five pages, summarizing the pre-qualifying examination work done in anthropology (courses, papers, research projects, independent studies) and characterizing how that work and the dissertation to follow draw from and contribute to anthropological and ethnographic inquiry. The dissertation research will normally include a fieldwork component.

In the quarter prior to announcing candidacy for graduation, the student must contact the graduate program coordinator to review their progress and confirm that all course and committee requirements have been met for the designated emphasis. In the quarter in which the student announces candidacy for graduation, the faculty member from the anthropology department serving on the student's doctoral thesis committee will evaluate the depth of engagement with anthropology displayed in the doctoral thesis and decide whether the thesis fulfills the requirement to contribute to anthropological and ethnographic inquiry.