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INFORMATION CONCERNING GRADUATE WORK AND DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

The Department of Anthropology offers the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees, although students receiving the M.A. degree normally do so in progressing towards the Ph.D. degree.

The enrollment of graduate students in the Department is limited to a number that will make it possible for students to be given individual attention in their development as teachers, scholars, and social scientists. Seminars in most cases are limited to about ten students, advanced senior and graduate courses to about twenty. All members of the graduate faculty of the Department are available as major advisors and thesis directors.

Entering students are assigned to a temporary advisor when they arrive on campus, but are free to consult any of the available faculty concerning their programs during the registration period or thereafter. When students are ready to specialize, usually during their second year, they are expected to select an advisor who will eventually direct their dissertation.

Members of the instructional staff in 2013-2014 are: William L. Balée, Marcello A. Canuto, Nathalie Dajko, Robert M. Hill II, Trenton W. Holliday, Katharine M. Jack, Adeline Masquelier, Judith M. Maxwell, Grant S. McCall, Jason Nesbitt, Olanike Ola-Orie, Marc Perry, Christopher B. Rodning, Nicholas R. Spitzer and John W. Verano. Marc Zender is a Visiting Assistant Professor for the Academic year.

FINANCIAL AID
The Graduate School offers a financial aid package to students of demonstrated ability who enter the program with the intention of pursuing the Ph.D. degree. Depending on their qualifications, students may receive a tuition scholarship, a stipend, and a research assistantship. In 2013-2014, all entering students will be awarded full financial aid packages, consisting of a full tuition scholarship, a $19,920 service-free stipend, and a $1,200 research assistantship. Up to three years of full financial support are available to students whose progress and performance in the graduate program are satisfactory.

The program of loans to graduate students is explained in the Graduate School Bulletin.

ADMISSION
Undergraduate training in anthropology is not prerequisite to the graduate program in Anthropology. Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) and performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are used, along with other data, to determine eligibility for admission and for receiving financial aid. Mean values of undergraduate GPA and combined verbal and quantitative GRE scores for applicants offered admission with aid for 2013-2014 were 3.40 and 1321, respectively.  Application deadline for admission with financial aid is February 1. You may go to the School of Liberal Arts website at http://www.liberalarts.tulane.edu/applying.cfm for information on applying.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATE DEGREES
Requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and for the degree of Master of Arts are specified by the graduate faculty and the Department. The regulations discussed in this leaflet include both sets of requirements. In general, the steps for admission to Ph.D. candidacy are: certification of foreign language competence, completion of coursework, passing of comprehensive examinations, demonstration of competence in basic statistics, passing of the oral examination, and acceptance of the prospectus for the dissertation.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT
The foreign language requirements for the master's and doctoral degrees may be fulfilled in the following ways:

  1. By coursework: The student must present evidence of having attained an average of B or better in a one-year foreign language course taken at the junior or equivalent level (i.e. 5th and 6th undergraduate semesters) taken within three years of the date of first registration in the Anthropology Graduate Program.
  2. By examination: Departmental language examinations are administered once each semester, on a preannounced date. Students wishing to take a Departmental examination must submit a written request to the Department Chair by a specified date.
  3. By native fluency: Native speakers of languages other than English may petition the Anthropology Department to count either English or their native language as satisfying a foreign language requirement.

DOCTORAL (Ph.D.) PROGRAM IN ANTHROPOLOGY
The Department enrolls qualified students in programs of study specializing in archaeology, sociocultural anthropology, linguistics, or physical anthropology. The formal requirements for the Ph.D. in anthropology are:

  1. Completion of a minimum of 48 hours of coursework beyond the B.A. degree, at least 15 hours of which must be at the 700 level. Students specializing in physical anthropology must complete 54 hours of coursework beyond the B.A. degree; those specializing in archaeology must complete 60 hours of coursework beyond the B.A. degree.
  2. Students may request transfer credit for graduate coursework done at other institutions, as indicated in the Graduate Bulletin. Because approval of a request for the transfer of courses has the effect of decreasing the course residency requirement, students receiving such approval will decrease by one or two semesters their eligibility for financial aid.
  3. Demonstration of competence in basic statistics. Three options exist by which this requirement may be satisfied:
    1. Satisfactory completion of a college-level course in basic statistics no more than five years prior to entering the graduate program in anthropology at Tulane. A student wishing to pursue this option should petition the Department, providing bulletin copy and other relevant documentation in support of the petition.
    2. Satisfactory completion for graduate credit of a course in statistical methods at Tulane. A grade of B or better in Anthropology 6010 or a pre-approved course in another department satisfies this option. A student wishing to use other graduate level courses should petition the Department, in advance, for approval.
    3. A student seeking certification in basic statistics without proper course credit may petition the Department for special examination in basic statistics. The Department administers such an examination only once during each academic year, dealing with all petitions approved during the preceding twelve months.

      This requirement must be completed before advancement to candidacy for the Ph.D. or before the award of the M.A. degree. It is expected that most students would fulfill this requirement before the end of their coursework residency.    
           
  4. Within physical anthropology, students specializing in skeletal biology or human paleontology must take a course in human gross anatomy (ANAT 609 Gross Anatomy) and one additional course in a related field outside the Department in addition to 48 hours of coursework in the Department. Students specializing in Primatology must take three courses in related fields outside the Department in addition to 45 hours of coursework in the Department. Related fields include Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Cell and Molecular Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Psychology. The selection of the courses taken outside of the Department is to be agreed upon by a student and his or her faculty advisor.
  5. Certification in one foreign language (see FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT, above). It is desirable that the foreign language requirement be met within 18 months of matriculation. The requirement must be fulfilled before admission to candidacy.
  6. An 8-hour written comprehensive examination will be administered over two consecutive days before the conclusion of the sixth semester of residency. This comprehensive examination will cover the subdiscipline of Anthropology in which the student is specializing.
  7. An oral examination of one hour will be required of students in archaeology, linguistics, and sociocultural anthropology. These oral exams must be taken before the end of the sixth semester of residency. In archaeology and sociocultural anthropology, the oral exam will cover the anthropology of the geographic area of the student's specialization. In linguistics, the oral exam will cover the topic of the student's specialization. Physical anthropology does not require an oral exam. Students must petition the Department Chair in writing for the formation of an oral examination committee. Usually, the student's advisor will chair his/her committee. Other members will be chosen by the Department.
  8. Submission of a brief prospectus outlining the subject of the dissertation and approval of this by the Department and the Graduate Council. Guidelines for the preparation of prospectuses are available in the Department office. (Prospectus)Students must petition the Department Chair in writing for the formation of a dissertation prospectus committee. Usually, the student's advisor will chair his/her committee. Other members will be chosen by the Department. Normally, prospectus committees will be formed only after the student has passed the comprehensive and oral examinations. However, grant application deadlines may make it necessary for some students to define their dissertation research ahead of schedule. In such instances, a student may petition the Department Chair in writing for the formation of an advisory committee. Usually, the student's advisor will chair his/her committee. The Department will select other members. This advisory committee automatically will become the student's dissertation prospectus committee upon successful completion of the oral and comprehensive examinations.

      a. All students must give each and every member of the Departmental faculty (including 

         Dr. Canuto at MARI) a copy of the prospectus at least three business days before the 

         prospectus defense is to take place. For example, if the defense is scheduled for a

         Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., then copies of the prospectus are due in the hands of the faculty

         before 3:00 p.m. on the preceding Thursday.

     9.  Completion of approximately one year of approved anthropological field work. Data 

          collected are usually used in the doctoral dissertation.

   10.  Presentation of a dissertation on the approved topic and an oral defense of the 

          dissertation before the faculty of the Department. Students who intend to defend a

          dissertation must inform the Chair of the Department, in writing, of that intention during

          the first two weeks of the semester in which they wish the defense to be scheduled. 

          Students wishing to receive the Ph.D. degree at May graduation must have a complete

          copy of their dissertation in the hands of the committee members by 1 February.

          Students wishing to receive the Ph.D. degree at August graduation must have a  

          complete copy of their dissertation in the hands of their committee members by the last 

          Monday in March. To receive the Ph.D. degree in December a student must give the

          complete dissertation to all committee members by 15 October.

  11. All doctoral students are expected to receive some teaching experience. This teaching will

        be, to the extent feasible, mentored and monitored by the faculty of the Department,

        primarily through its Graduate Student Teaching Oversight Committee (GSTOC). Eligibility

        for teaching Anthropology 1010 (Human Origins) includes qualification in the areas of

        archaeology and physical anthropology. Qualification in archaeology can be accomplished

        by satisfactory completion of Anthropology 6250 or Anthropology 7150 or by passing the 

        archaeology comprehensive examination. Qualification in physical anthropology can be

        accomplished by satisfactory completion of Anthropology 6500 or by passing the physical 

        anthropology comprehensive examination. Eligibility for teaching Anthropology 1020

        (Cultural Anthropology) includes qualification in sociocultural anthropology, which can be

        accomplished by satisfactory completion of a theory course from list A and an 

        ethnography course from list B or by passing the sociocultural anthropology 

        comprehensive examination.

Sociocultural Anthropology
List A

ANTH 6150 Cognitive Anthropology
ANTH 6210 Development of Anthropological Theory
ANTH 6350 Culture and Religion

ANTH 6510 Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism
ANTH 7030 Kinship Systems

ANTH 7190 Economic Anthropology
ANTH 7210 Concepts of Ethnohistory
ANTH 7330 Anthropology of Gender

ANTH 7360 Anthropology of Cities
ANTH 7380 Cultural Dynamics
ANTH 7700 Ecological Anthropology

ANTH 7850 The Four Field Method

List B

ANTH 6040 Cultures of Central Asia
ANTH 6050 North American Indians
ANTH 6060 South American Indians
ANTH 6070 Contemporary Chinese Society
ANTH 6080 East Asia

ANTH 6530 Native North American Art
ANTH 6540 Indians of the Great Plains
ANTH 6710 Historical Ecology of Amazonia
ANTH 6830 Aztec and Maya Literature
ANTH 7110 People of Sub-Saharan Africa
ANTH 7280 Middle American Indians

ANTH 7370 Locating Southeast Asia

Eligibility for teaching Anthropology 1030 (Languages of the World) can be accomplished by satisfactory completion of Anthropology 7290 (Linguistic Analysis) or equivalent and one of the following: Anthropology 7310 (Prehistory of Languages), Anthropology 7590 (Syntax), Anthropology 7630 (Phonetics), Anthropology 7640 (Phonology), Anthropology 7650 (Morphology), or by passing the comprehensive exam in linguistic anthropology.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER'S DEGREE
The following are requirements for the M.A. degree:

The completion of 24 hours of coursework (or 30 hours for an MA awarded without thesis), of which a minimum of six hours must be at the 700 level.

Certification in one foreign language by the Department (see FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT, above). This must be completed before the student is admitted or as soon thereafter as possible.

Demonstration of competence in basic statistics (see item 3 under DOCTORAL (Ph.D.) PROGRAM IN ANTHROPOLOGY, above).

The M.A. candidate will be required to write a thesis and take a final oral examination concerned primarily with the defense of that thesis. The student who intends to defend a thesis must inform the Chair of the Department, in writing, of that intention during the first two weeks of the semester in which he or she wishes the defense to be scheduled.

When the thesis has been completed to the satisfaction of the Chair of the thesis committee and approval of the committee has been given, the director will then recommend it to the faculty for acceptance and the candidate will be advised to complete the preparation of the manuscript in accordance with the rules of the Graduate School as set forth in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students wishing to receive an M.A. degree with thesis at May graduation must have a complete copy of the thesis in the hands of the committee members by 1 February. A student wishing to receive an M.A. degree at August graduation must have a complete copy of his or her thesis in the hands of the committee members by the last Monday in March. To receive the M.A. degree in December a student must give the complete thesis to all committee members by 1 November.

The M.A. thesis requirement may be waived for students who have completed all requirements for admission to candidacy for the Ph.D. degree (items numbered 1 through 8 under DOCTORAL [Ph.D.] PROGRAM IN ANTHROPOLOGY, above).

INTERDISCIPLINARY DOCTORAL PROGRAMS
Students who are determined to pursue sharply focused specialization may wish to consider an individual "Special Interdisciplinary Program" as described in the Graduate School Bulletin . Under this an interested student could specialize in one of the subfields of anthropology while taking relevant courses in one or two other Departments (e.g., physical anthropology with Biology, Anatomy; anthropological linguistics with some of the language Departments and Philosophy or Mathematics; cultural anthropology and archaeology with Art (history).

 


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