Pursue a Career Researching Human History
Dig deeper into the foundations of human society by developing your skills in an anthropology subdiscipline. Through a program of study tailored to your personal goals and interests you will acquire specialized training in archaeology, biological anthropology, linguistics and cultural anthropology.
Become an expert in your chosen subdiscipline through hands-on research within the Albany region, the greater U.S. and abroad. You will be prepared for careers in areas like academia at the university level or research in industry and government through the doctoral program in anthropology at UAlbany.
Program of Study
You will have the opportunity to study and conduct research with active faculty mentors in areas like Mesoamerica, Northeastern archaeology, the relationship of human biology and health to the environment, and the politics of ancient societies.
- Proseminar in Physical Anthropology
- Proseminar in Archaeology
- Proseminar in Linguistics
- Proseminar in Ethnology
- One course as advised from two of the subdisciplines
Proficiency in any subdiscipline may be demonstrated through departmental examination, and specific course requirements may be waived.
Satisfactory completion of a research seminar and one research paper acceptable to the department must be presented.
Students awarded teaching assistantships (T.A.s) must take Practicum in College Teaching.
Departmental Comprehensive Examination
You must pass a comprehensive examination in anthropology with distinction before starting the concluding half of the doctoral program of study and research.
- Submit a program proposal defining two special fields, preparation method, research tools and dissertation proposal
- A minimum of four Anthropology courses at or above the 600 level
- Qualifying examinations in each of the two special fields pertaining to theory, methods, geographical areas, or other substantive issues
- Two courses on anthropological methods
- Demonstrate a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language, and/or competence in another appropriate research tool
- Submit a written dissertation research proposal
- Full-Time Study in Residence: 9 credits in each of two sessions
- Submit an acceptable dissertation which represents a significant and original research contribution in your area of primary specialization
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- Seminar in Social Archaeology
- Mesoamerican Archaeology
- Seminar in Mesoamerican Writing Systems
- Archaeological Surveys
- Northeast Archaeology
- Museum Research and Curation
- Topics in Archaeology
- Seminar in Archaeology
- Seminar in Archaeological Theory and Method
- Archaeological Research Design
- Seminar in Mesoamerican Archaeology
- Topics in Archaeology and Ethnohistory
- The Neolithic of the Near East and the Emergence of Complex Society
- Human Osteology
- Human Population Biology
- Human Population Genetics
- Functional Anatomy of the Human Skeleton
- Forensic Anthropology
- Nutritional Anthropology
- Basic Principles and Methods of Epidemiology
- Principles and Methods of Epidemiology II
- Culture, Environment and Health
- Topics in Biological Anthropology
- Seminar in Physical Anthropology
- Topics in Biomedical Anthropology
- Topics in Social Anthropology
- Seminar in Anthropology and Folklore
- Seminar in Mesoamerican Ethnology
- Seminar in Native Mesoamerican Texts and Literature
- Seminar in Political Anthropology
- Seminar in Economic Anthropology
- Seminar in Cross-Cultural Comparison
- Seminar in Urban Anthropology
- Seminar in the Ethnology of Religion
- Seminar in Ethnohistory
- Seminar in Ecological Anthropology
- Seminar in Ethnology
- Introduction to Syntactic Theory
- Linguistic Structures
- Language and Culture
- Comparative and Historical Linguistics
- Language Acquisition
- Topics in Anthropological Linguistics
- Mesoamerican Linguistics
- Field Methods in Anthropological Linguistics
- Seminar in Linguistics
- Archaeological Field and Laboratory Techniques
Delve into a subdiscipline through real-world research projects in the U.S. and abroad including student fieldwork in Mesoamerica and summer archaeological field schools in the Northeast.
You will work alongside faculty to contribute to significant advances in human and cultural challenges that affect global populations in areas like local societies and the global economy, the evolution of past societies, and the relationship of human health to the environment.