Apr 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Anthropology Major, PhD

The Department of Anthropology offers the Doctor of Philosophy with a major in anthropology and concentrations in archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Additional information on the anthropology graduate program may be obtained from the department’s website or by contacting the department.

Concentrations (Required)

Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology

Campus Code

Knoxville Campus

Admissions Standards/Procedures

  • Have a BA or MA degree in anthropology or a minor in anthropology and a degree in a related field such as biology, sociology, geology, classics, history, historic preservation, or geography.
  • Have a GPA above 3.30 overall in undergraduate or graduate work.
  • Make formal online application to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Office of Graduate Admissions. Transcripts should be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Instructions for submitting three letters of recommendation, which are required, can be found in the online application. In addition, the prospective student should upload a letter of intent indicating career goals and reasons for selecting the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and one sample of their written work (a class paper or research report).
  • The online application must specify that the applicant is applying for admission to the PhD program, and state the concentration (archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology) the student will pursue, and the advisor they prefer to work with.
  • Master’s thesis candidates in anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, who apply and are conditionally accepted into the PhD program can enroll as doctoral students the semester following conferral of the MA.
  • All other students with a BA or MA must apply by December 1 for admission the following fall and, due to the requirements of the program, must begin their studies in the fall semester.

Credit Hours Required

  • 72 graduate credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree: 48 credit hours coursework plus 24 credit hours of dissertation 
  • 48 graduate credit hours beyond the master’s degree: 24 credit hours coursework plus 24 credit hours of dissertation 

Required Courses

At least 9 credit hours of 500- or 600-level courses outside of anthropology, distributed as appropriate to the individual’s program of study.

  • A minimum of 12 of the 24, or 30 of the 48 credit hours of coursework must be graded A-F.

Non-Course Requirements

  • A formal performance review of each PhD graduate student’s progress will take place each year.
  • Written comprehensive exams followed by an oral defense.
  • A formal dissertation proposal or equivalent publication or document must be orally defended.
  • The successful completion and final oral presentation and defense of a dissertation.