PhD in Anthropology: Program of Study

The graduate program in Brown’s anthropology department encourages a diversity of doctoral research agendas in socio-cultural anthropology, anthropological archaeology, and linguistic anthropology. Our program balances a rigorous curriculum of core classes with more specialized training in advanced courses. Our graduate classes consist almost exclusively of seminars and independent study courses, allowing an intimate, tutorial approach to training that aims for graduate studies to be demanding and intense for both faculty and students.  A list of 2000-level graduate courses being offered this academic year can be found here.

Brown’s graduate program is primarily PhD granting. The doctoral degree consists of meeting all of the requirements for a Master’s degree, plus additional requirements.   Although doctoral students must complete requirements for a Master’s degree during their course of study, no students are admitted to the department solely to seek a Master’s degree. Terminal Master’s degrees are granted at departmental discretion.

Degree Requirements

The following are the requirements for the Master's Degree, generally awarded as part of the overall requirements for a Ph.D.: 

 The following are additional requirements for the PhD:

  • 12 additional elective courses beyond the 8 required for the Master’s Degree (or the fulfillment of equivalent through coursework at another university) 
  • Preliminary examinations in one cultural area and in one or two topical areas
  • One year of teaching experience, usually as a teaching assistant
  • Approved research proposal for doctoral research
  • Foreign language requirement (if required by the candidate’s doctoral committee)
  • Dissertation, based on independent field research

More detailed information about the program, including a general outline of the timeline for completing the program, can be found in the Graduate Student Handbook

Israeli surveillance tower, occupied HebronIsraeli surveillance tower, occupied Hebron