Coursework Requirements and Evaluation

Required Coursework - Years 1 and 2

Required Coursework

Requirements:

  • Students are required to take nine (9) course credits per semester in addition to any credits received for teaching (TATTO) or ethics training (JPE). Because students are on 12 month stipend, summer enrollment is required, usually in the form 798R (Advanced Research) credit hours rather than coursework.
  • Students must complete six (6) Anthropology graduate courses in their first three years, including 3 core courses and 3 anthropology elective courses.
  • Graduate students in the Biological Anthropology subplan are required to enroll in ANT 555R Research Seminar In Biological Anthropology, a 1-credit research seminar each semester of their first three years in the program.
  • In fulfilling their required 18 credits per year, first year students must take at least five (5) graduate courses (790 or lower) of at least 3 credits each. In addition to these five regular courses, first year students may complete the first year requirement with a directed reading (ANT797).  A student together with his or her advisor may petition the DGS to use a directed reading to partially satisfy the five (5) graduate course requirement only when suitable regular classes are not available.
  • Second year students will normally take at least five (5) graduate courses (790 or lower) of at least 3 credits each. However, one of those five courses may be deferred to year 3. Directed readings count towards required 18 annual credits, but do not count as one of their required five graduate courses. 
  • Per LGS requirements for PhD Candidacy, 15 of 36 credit hours taken after the first year of study must be regular classroom courses (500-700 level) that are not directed reading courses such as Directed Study (797), Advanced Research (798), or Dissertation Research (799).

Core Courses

Three core courses are required for all graduate students and should be taken within the first two years of study:                                 

ANT 500 Pro-seminar

ANT 501 History of Anthropological Thought

ANT 503 Evolutionary Processes

Anthropology Electives

Students are required to take THREE anthropology graduate courses (585 or lower) taught by faculty with primary appointments in anthropology, including at least one biological course and one cultural course. Courses taught by biological faculty will count as biological electives, and courses taught by cultural faculty will count as cultural electives.

Additional Courses

Beyond the requirement, students are encouraged to take as many anthropological elective courses as are feasible and consistent with their research interests.

Methods Courses

The following methods courses are recommended, but not required. See Handbook sections on "Methodology Requirements" and "Methods, Ethics and Proposal Resources" for more information:

ANT 560 Methods and Research Proposal Preparation

ANT 562 Ethnographic Methods and Writing

ANT 575 Biomedical Methods in Anthropology

ILA 782 Proposal Writing and Research Design in the Humanities

Laney Graduate School Grant Writing Program

Advanced Coursework - Years 3+

Advanced Coursework

Requirements:

All students are required to be enrolled and take nine (9) course credits per semester in addition to any credits received for teaching (TATTO) or ethics training (JPE). Because students are on 12 month stipend, summer enrollment is required, usually in the form of 798R (Advanced Research) or 799R (Dissertation Research) credit hours rather than coursework.

Third Year Students

Third year students have often completed their required coursework and are eligible for ANT 798R Advanced Research under the supervision of their advisor in addition to other coursework of their choice.

  • Students who deferred the second year course requirement must take a graduate course (500-700 level) of at least 3 credits.
  • Per LGS requirements for PhD Candidacy, 15 of 36 credit hours taken after the first year of study must be regular classroom courses (500-700 level) that are not directed reading courses such as Directed Study (797), Advanced Research (798), or Dissertation Research (799).

By the end of the third year, most students will have completed the requirements for admission to PhD candidacy. Students who have not been admitted to doctoral candidacy by the end of their 4th year in the program do not qualify for Graduate School’s merit awards, which include stipends and scholarships, and may be responsible for the full cost of the tuition and other academic fees.

Students in the Field

Students conducting research in the field, normally beginning in their fourth year of study, will register for 9 credit hours per semester of ANT 798R Advanced Research to fulfill their enrollment requirement.

Post-field Students

Post-field students will register for 9 credit hours of ANT 799R Dissertation Research per semester for the duration of their dissertation write-up.

Students who have exceeded their 8th program year in Advanced Standing no longer qualify for tuition scholarships, and are responsible for the full cost of the tuition and other academic fees (except the enrollment fee).

Registration

Registration

The regular course load for a full-time student is 9 credit hours per semester, including Fall, Spring, and summer semesters). In most cases, students are enrolled in 9 credit hours of 798R or 799R for the Summer semester. Students must be registered for 9 credit hours in order to receive a stipend.

Advanced students, please note: Registration is always required for the duration of doctoral work, unless a leave of absence has been approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. You should contact the Graduate Coordinator to confirm registration each semester.

The Graduate Coordinator registers all Anthropology graduate students in OPUS for their coursework each semester. Pre-registration takes place at the following times:  November (for Spring semester), February (for Summer semester), and April (for Fall semester). The Graduate Coordinator emails students at these times, with instructions for requesting course enrollment.

The following requirements pertain to registration for graduate courses:

  • Prior to registration, first, second, and third year students’ course selections must be approved by their advisors via an email communication to the graduate program coordinator.
  • Students are required to take 9 course credits per semester in addition to any credits received for teaching (TATTO) or ethics training (JPE). 
  • ANT 585 courses taught by faculty with a primary appointment in anthropology count as Anthropology electives. ANT 585 courses taught by biological faculty will count as biological electives, and ANT 585 courses taught by cultural faculty will count as cultural electives.
  • Students must obtain supervising faculty approval for each Directed Study (ANT 797R) and Teaching Associateship (TATT 610) enrollment. Please email approval to the Graduate Coordinator.
  • Students must obtain permission from the instructor or department representative courses outside the Anthropology Department. If the Anthropology Graduate Coordinator is to enroll the student in the outside course, the student must provide an email from the instructor or department representative for the outside course.
  • In fulfilling their required 18 credits per year, first year students must take at least 5 graduate courses (790 or lower) of at least 3 credits each. In addition to these five regular courses, first year students may complete the first year requirement with a directed reading.  A student together with his or her advisor may petition the DGS to use a directed reading to partially satisfy the 5 graduate course requirement only when suitable regular classes are not available.
  • Second year students will normally take at least 5 graduate courses (790 or lower) of at least 3 credits each. However, one of those five courses may be deferred to year 3. Directed readings count towards their required 18 annual credits, but do not count as one of their required five graduate courses. 
  • Everyone must complete 6 Anthropology graduate courses in their first three years, including 3 required and 3 anthropology elective courses (ANT 585 and lower).
  • Per LGS requirements for PhD Candidacy, 15 of 36 credit hours taken after the first year of study must be regular classroom courses (500-700 level) that are not directed reading courses such as Directed Study (797), Advanced Research (798), or Dissertation Research (799).
For information on tuition and registration fees, please refer to the Graduate Student Academic Funding section of this handbook, and to the Laney Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Handbook.

Tracking Coursework

Tracking Coursework

Students should track their coursework on the Course of Study Form to ensure that they fulfill all Graduate School and Anthropology Department coursework requirements.

A Course of Study Form should be submitted to the Graduate Coordinator at the beginning of a student's first semester to be kept on file for advising purposes. The form should be referred to and updated each semester when meeting with advisors for coursework approval.

Grade Requirements & Definitions / Participation

Definition of Grades

A  Excellent; approaches professional quality in intellectual creativity and/or sophistication; reflects superior analytic and critical skills as well as strong mastery of the materials of the course

A- Very good work; demonstrates competence in the course materials plus some level of analytic synthesis and/or intellectual creativity

B+ Good work; either demonstrates solid competence in the materials of the course, but does not show strong analytical/critical skill application or intellectual creativity; or demonstrates some analytical skill or intellectual creativity, but insufficient mastery of course materials

B  Acceptable graduate work but below departmental expectations; should be considered a warning

B- Unacceptable graduate work

Grade Requirements

Students must have a B+ average in their graduate courses at the end of their first and second year in order to be eligible for continuation.

At completion of each core and anthropology elective course, the professor provides each student with a written evaluation of the student's performance. These written course evaluations form a record for the student and anthropology faculty. Copies are kept in the student's permanent file. Evaluations are designed to give constructive feedback to the student as well as faculty; they are a special kind of document different from a confidential letter of recommendation.

Seminar participation

Graduate students are expected to attend departmental colloquia, teaching roundtables (at least 8 during the first three years of study), and proposal presentations. These offer occasions for learning and professional skill development that complement course work.

Course Incompletes

Any student with an incomplete in a core course that remains unresolved at the end of a Spring semester must submit a written statement to the Director of Graduate Studies prior to the annual faculty review of students explaining the incomplete and providing an anticipated schedule for its completion.

Any student with an incomplete is ineligible to receive PDS funding for summer research, language/laboratory training, or conference attendance. First year students with outstanding incompletes must complete coursework by August 15 to maintain registration for the Fall semester of their second year.

In addition, any student who has two unresolved incompletes or any grade of "F" in graduate course work may not register for further course work until a signed change-of-grade form has been received by the Director of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Coordinator. In cases of major illness or medical emergency, students may petition the Graduate Concerns Committee to waive this policy.

Students who fail to register cannot receive stipend funding. For instance, a student who has two incompletes or a grade of F at the end of fall semester will not (until these problems are resolved) be able to pre-register the following March to take courses in the fall of the subsequent academic year. If the problem remains unresolved, the student will not be able to register at the beginning of the subsequent fall semester and will at that time lose his/her stipend for that semester.

Residency Requirements

Residency Requirement

Students must be in residence at Emory while completing their coursework and other program core requirements, and until they have been admitted to doctoral candidacy. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

In addition, students must be in residence at Emory when receiving a stipend from Emory, including departmental post-field funding. Under extreme circumstances the student may petition the Director of Graduate Studies for an exception to the residency requirement. Any semester exemption from residency for post-field award is accompanied by a requirement that the student must be in residence at Emory for at least 10 days of the “exempted” semester when classes are in session. During this period, the student in temporary residency will: (a) present the findings and plans for her/his research to the department at large, and (b) meet with her/his advisor and all committee members.

When students successfully petition to waive the residency requirement, they are not exempt from TATTO teaching requirements. As a reminder, the Teaching Associateship (Co-Teach) requirement may only be fulfilled at Emory during the Fall or Spring semester.

Annual Review

Annual Review

At the end of every year, the entire anthropology faculty reviews the progress of each student, using the core-course evaluations and other course grades as well as the Annual Academic Progress and Activity Report. Graduate students must submit an updated Annual Academic Progress and Activity Report to the Graduate Coordinator each year at the end of Spring semester prior to this review. Plans for the summer session should also be included in this report. Any pending or outstanding course incompletes must be listed on this form; this is a serious matter. Students completing their first year must successfully resolve any and all course incompletes before being allowed to register for fall semester of their second year. First year students who have not successfully completed their academic agenda, maintaining at least a B+ average in their graduate-level courses, may be recommended for dismissal from the graduate program.

Grade point average is not only the criteria by which students will be evaluated. The level of difficulty sometimes varies across courses, and in any case, the process of becoming a creative scholar also requires qualities such as commitment and integrity. At any point in a students’ tenure in the program, if their academic work and professional development are judged insufficient or problematic and the faculty is concerned that a student will not complete the program satisfactorily, the student will be placed on departmental probation. This may result, for example, when students fail to respond satisfactorily to requests by their committee, if students do not complete research goals such as submitting grant proposals, or consistently fail to demonstrate progress towards their dissertation research. Notification of a probationary status and specific faculty concerns will be communicated to the student in writing. If after three semesters the student has not responded satisfactorily to the probation concerns, the issue will be reviewed collectively by the graduate faculty and, based on a majority vote, the student will be recommended to the Graduate School for dismissal.