Graduate Coursework

Core Courses

Three core courses are required for all Anthropology graduate students:

  • ANT 500 Pro-seminar
  • ANT 501 History of Anthropological Thought
  • ANT 503 Evolutionary Processes

Elective Anthropology Courses

Three additional elective core courses are required. At least one course must be biological and at least one must be cultural. (See below for a list of Anthropology graduate courses taught in recent years).

Research Seminar in Biological Anthropology

Graduate students specializing in Biological and Physical Anthropology are required to enroll in a 1-credit Research Seminar in Biological Anthropology (ANT 555) each semester of their first three years in the program.

Methodology Requirement

Students must fulfill a methodology requirement. Criteria for fulfilling the methodology requirement will be established by the students advisor, according to the research priorities of the student. The requirement may, for instance, stipulate language training, statistics courses, or training in laboratory techniques. The following methods courses are also recommended:

  • 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
  • Graduate School Proposal Writing Program

Required Grade Point Average

Students must have a B+ average in their graduate courses at the end of their first and second years in order to be eligible to continue in the program. Any incomplete (I) grades must be resolved within one calendar year.

Anthropology Graduate Courses Recently Offered

The following graduate courses have been offered by the Anthropology Department in recent years (some have been cross-listed courses originating in other departments):

  • Anthropological Demography
  • Anthropology of Knowledge
  • Biocultural Perspectives on Food and Nutrition
  • Biocultural Seminar
  • Biological Perspectives on Childhood and Adolescence
  • Brazil: Race and Ethnicity
  • Critical Theory and Ethnography
  • Culture and Cognition (Culture Club): Selfishness, Altruism, Reciprocity: The Origins of Sociality
  • Culture and Mind
  • Culture and Power
  • Culture, Ecology and Economy
  • Disease and Human Behavior
  • Ethnic Mobilization and the Search for Citizenship in Latin America
  • Ethnographic Cinema
  • Ethnographic Film Making
  • Ethnographic Methods and Writing
  • Ethnography of Jews and Muslims
  • Ethnography of Religious Experience
  • Evolution of the Human Brain and Cognition
  • Feminist Anthropology and Ethnography
  • Field and Analytical Methods in Cultural Anthropology
  • Food and Taboo: History of Dieting
  • Food, Culture and Political Economy
  • Gender and Globalization
  • Gender and Sexual Diversity
  • Gender, Generations and Power in Africa
  • Globalization Practicum
  • Human Biology: A Life Cycle Approach
  • Human Evolution
  • Human Growth: Methods and Theory
  • Human Skeletal Biology
  • Issues in Sustainability
  • Issues in Visual Anthropology
  • Language, Discourse and Culture
  • Linguistic Anthropology of Education
  • Making Ethnographic Documentary
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Performance and Ethnography in West and South Asian Religious Traditions
  • Phenomenology and Treatment of Depression: Body, Mind and Culture
  • Politics, Governance and Development
  • Primate Ecology amp Social Organization
  • Race and Ethnicity in Modern Latin American History
  • Religion and Therapy
  • Research Seminar: Linguistic Anthropology of Education
  • Shakespeare and Anthropology: Ritual and Performance Theory
  • Subalternity and Difference
  • Themes and Approaches in Latin American History
  • Transnationalism
  • Writing Culture: from Fieldnotes to Ethnography