Feb 06, 2023  
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 
USC Catalogue 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOGUE]

Anthropology (PhD)

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Students may apply online for graduate study in the doctoral program at usc.edu/admission/graduate/apply. The PhD requires 60 units of course work. These include the 32 units required for the MA (16 units of required courses and 16 of graduate electives), 4 additional graduate units, plus a sequence of two graduate courses in an outside field. The additional required units for the PhD are ANTH 790 Research  (8 units) and ANTH 794a Doctoral Dissertation , ANTH 794b Doctoral Dissertation  (2-2 units). Before being admitted to PhD candidacy, the student must fulfill the language requirement, present an expanded version of the field statements at a qualifying examination, write a dissertation prospectus and pass the qualifying examination. Having completed this work, the student will conduct fieldwork and write the doctoral dissertation.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses


Completion of the program requires 60 units.

Additional Requirements

Foreign Language Requirement

A reading knowledge of a scholarly language (normally chosen from among Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish) is required before admission to candidacy. If some other field language is required for the dissertation research to be successfully completed (for example, Maya, Hebrew, Javanese, etc.), this will be communicated to the student upon submission of the field project required for admission to candidacy.

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