Research strengths in physical anthropology include primate ecology and conservation; primate evolution; biomechanics and energetics; human evolution and diversity; and the study of early modern humans.
First semester: 4 courses, covering broad areas of physical anthropology and related topics, plus courses in the other subfields of Anthropology.
Second semester: 4 courses, covering broad areas of physical anthropology and related topics, plus courses in the other subfields of Anthropology. The student should be doing background research towards formulating a doctoral dissertation research project. Summer: Refine proposed dissertation ideas with preliminary field/lab work
First semester: Coursework, establish three-person doctoral committee, fulfill language requirement, and continue background research for second year paper and doctoral dissertation. The student will take an independent reading course (Anthropology 525) with her/his major advisor.
Second semester: Coursework, including the completion of the second-year review paper, and work with the doctoral committee to assemble the theoretical and methodological background for the doctoral dissertation, through a continuation of the independent reading course (Anthropology 525).
Summer: Fieldwork to establish a field site or lab work to do a pilot study, both as background to the doctoral dissertation proposal.
First semester: Write doctoral dissertation proposal and defend the proposal before the doctoral committee by the end of the fall semester.
Second semester: Submit finished proposals to granting agencies, advance to candidacy. Prepare for thesis work.
Begin fieldwork and/or laboratory data collection as appropriate.
Collect data for dissertation.
Years 5 and 6
Write dissertation and defend before full doctoral dissertation committee -- we expect final defense of the thesis to be done between the 5th and 7th year.
Consult the program requirements for more specific information. For questions about transfer credits for coursework completed at another institution, see the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences Transfer of Credit Policy.