Doctoral Program

Ph.D. Degree in Anthropology, Sub-Field Archaeology

The Anthropology Ph.D. program covers three subfields: archaeology; sociocultural and linguistic anthropology; and physical anthropology. Archaeology focuses on ritual complexes and writing, ceramic analysis, warfare, ancient civilizations, origins of agriculture, and museum studies. There is strong geographical coverage in Africa, the Caribbean, East Asia (China and Japan), Central Asia, Latin America and South America, Southeast Asia (Indonesia), South Asia and the Indian Ocean, and the Near East, Europe, and the United States. There are no required courses or seminars for archaeology and biological anthropology graduate students. However, graduate students in these subfields are expected to confer closely with their primary adviser and faculty to develop the most enriching and cogent program of courses. Admission to Ph.D. candidacy requires (1) completion of two years of course work (sixteen term courses); (2) independent study and research; (3) satisfactory performance on qualifying examinations; and (4) a dissertation research proposal submitted and approved before the end of the third year. Qualifying examinations are normally taken at the end of the second year. For archaeology and biological anthropology subfields, they consist of eight hours written (four hours on one of the subfields, four hours on the student’s special interest), and two hours oral.

For more information about the Anthropology Ph.D. Program, please visit the Graduate School bulletin section for Anthropology (PhD sub Archaeology). You can also visit the Anthropology Web site, or contact the Director of Graduate Studies or  Registrar  Department of Anthropology, Yale University, PO Box 208277, New Haven CT 06520-8277

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