Departmental Colloquia

Throughout the year departmental colloquia are held, including special presentations by anthropologists and other scholars from outside the university; presentations of current research by departmental faculty and faculty from other schools and divisions; and, presentations of current research by graduate students. Attendance at departmental colloquia is mandatory.


There are relatively few strict procedures that constrain the freedom of graduate study within the department. There are, however, some questions of record keeping and notification that must be attended to in order to smooth the process. For many of these issues, what is most important is for the student to keep the departmental graduate program informed so that pertinent information can be entered into the graduate studies database. Keeping this database updated is essential. Ms. Missy Sartain is the primary contact person on the departmental staff in charge of maintaining the database, and Ms. Sartain should be informed when an important event has occurred (e.g., naming members of one’s committee). Alternatively, Dr. DeCaro can assist.

Additionally, there are a number of forms that must be filed with the Graduate School with respect to admission to candidacy for the degree, composition of committees, title cards for theses and dissertations, and others. All of these forms must be checked for accuracy and completeness by either Ms. Sartain or Dr. DeCaro prior to submission to the Graduate School, and copies will be put into the student’s file.

All MA and PhD students will complete and submit an annual Graduate Student Activity Report (SAR). The form is a check list of the scheduled requirements for completion of the MA and PhD degree, covers non-degree accomplishments such as papers published or presented, and includes space for a brief written evaluation & expectations for the following year. The form will be completed, signed, and dated by the student and adviser when they confer together at an annual meeting. All MA and PhD students must submit the form to the Director of Graduate studies annually by March 15. The form will allow the Grad Director to compile and update a database to track student progress, identify students in trouble, and provide faculty with information for the annual review of student funding.

The following defines policies and procedures in terms of a timeline illustrating a typical passage through the graduate program. In what follows, a double asterisk (**) indicates that the information needs to be entered into the graduate studies database.

MA – First Year

  • General: Complete required core graduate seminars in three of four subfields
  • August
    • Arrival on campus
    • All new GTAs are required to attend the GTA training offered by the Graduate School
    • Departmental orientation for incoming MA students
    • Departmental potlatch and party
  • September
    • Students should meet with their advisors and begin to identify areas of research interest in anticipation of developing their MA thesis proposal.
  • November
    • Record change in advisor, if changed
  • December
    • Thesis-track students should plan their MA committee and obtain the consent of members
    • Students should begin working on a proposal to the Graduate School for a GCF
  • January–Febrary
    • Work on GCF application to the department, typically due in late January or early February
  • January–March
    • Study for comprehensive exams
  • March
    • Prepare application for research funding to the Graduate School and to the GSA
  • April 6–7, 2017 – MA Comprehensive Exams
    • Thursday AM – Cultural Anthropology exam
    • Thursday PM – Archaeology exam
    • Friday AM – Physical Anthropology exam
    • Friday PM – Linguistic Anthropology exam
  • May
    • Thesis prospectus presentation
  • May–August
    • Thesis research
    • NOTE: Students who have been employed for two semesters as a .5 FTE GRA may register for one summer session and are eligible to pay in-state tuition. Students must submit a request for the out-of-state waiver to Mrs. Sartain no later than March 1.

MA – Second Year

  • General: Complete required hours of coursework with courses that support your research area.
  • August–September
    • Departmental potlatch and party 17
    • Be ready with applications for travel funding if a paper is to be presented at a fall meeting
  • October 15
    • Hard deadline for approval of a thesis prospectus; if not presented to and approved by the committee by this time, the student is automatically shifted to the non-thesis option
  • First semester
    • Complete options: language proficiency exam or specialized research skill
    • Begin data analysis and write-up for MA thesis
  • January
    • Application for degree forms must be on file in the Graduate School for May graduation
  • February
    • Have draft of thesis ready for distribution to the committee if a May graduation is anticipated
    • Be ready with applications for travel funding if a paper is to be presented at a spring meeting
  • March
    • Submit completed/signed thesis to the Graduate School (NOTE: specific dates change from year-to-year; check the Graduate School website.)
    • Present thesis colloquium/defense
  • May
    • Graduation

PhD – First Year

  • General: Complete required core coursework for PhD
  • August–September
    • If new GTA, attend Graduate School GTA orientation
    • Attend department orientation for incoming PhD students
    • Departmental potlatch and party o Begin development of doctoral dissertation research proposal
    • Be ready with applications for travel funding if a paper is to be presented at a fall meeting
  • October
    • Begin exploring sources of extramural funding
  • December
    • Select doctoral committee
  • January
    • Submit GCF
    • Be ready with applications for travel funding if a paper is to be presented at a spring meeting
  • May
    • Have a plan in place for PhD qualifying exams

PhD – Second Year

  • General: Complete elective coursework, for a total of 24 hours (not more than 6 hours of ANT698) 18
  • Complete PhD qualifying exams
  • Defend PhD dissertation proposal
  • Begin fieldwork
    • Continue UA registration in ANT699: Dissertation Research
    • Must complete 24 hours of ANT699 (minimum 3 hours registration per semester)

PhD – Third Year

  • Maintain UA registration in ANT699
  • Write PhD dissertation
  • Defend PhD dissertation
  • Semester of PhD dissertation defense
    • Must be registered for ANT699 in semester of defense and graduation.
    • Admission to candidacy and application for degree must be on file in the Graduate School
    • Submit defended, signed dissertation to Graduate School (must meet deadline)
    • Rent academic regalia for graduation
  • Graduation and hooding by major professor