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School of Graduate Studies (2022/2023)
43 Regulations Governing the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

In this and following regulations and notes, "Head" and "Department" shall be understood to mean "Dean or Director" and "Faculty or School" respectively, applying the regulations to a Faculty or School in which there are no Departmental divisions.

Students should consult the General Information and Regulations Governing All Graduate Students for information concerning the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. For information concerning the number of courses required for specific programs, students should consult the following listing for the appropriate Department.

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) is offered in selected areas in Anthropology, Archaeology, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology, Computer Science, Condensed Matter Physics, Earth Sciences (Geology), Earth Sciences (Geophysics), Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Science, Ethnomusicology, Experimental Psychology, Folklore, Food Science, Geography, History, Interdisciplinary, Linguistics, Management, Marine Biology, Mathematics, Medicine, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physical Oceanography, Social Work, Sociology, Statistics, and Theoretical Physics.

43.1 Anthropology
43.1.1 Program of Study
  1. The Ph.D. in Anthropology is offered in historic anthropology and ethnography of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Western Europe.

  2. An applicant must normally hold a Master’s Degree with a specialization in social and cultural anthropology. In exceptional circumstances, a student who has spent three semesters in the M.A. program may be recommended for transfer into the Ph.D. stream.

  3. Residency: the Department requires a minimum residency of two years for Ph.D. students.

  4. A supervisory committee will be established for each student as per General Regulations, Supervision, Ph.D. and Psy.D. Candidates.

  5. A student will normally be required to complete four courses during their first three semesters in the program: Anthropology 6300 and 6412, and two other courses, to be determined by the supervisory committee. The supervisory committee may also require the students to complete additional graduate courses.

  6. All students must demonstrate a reading knowledge of a second language to be determined in consultation with the supervisory committee. This language will normally be a language in which there is a substantial body of literature in Social and Cultural Anthropology. It could also be a field language pertinent to the student's project. The exam will be set and marked by an authority determined by the Head of the Department and the Dean of Graduate Studies as per General Regulations, Evaluation, Evaluation of Graduate Students, 4., and will normally be completed before the Comprehensive Examination is undertaken.

  7. The Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination shall be administered in accordance with General Regulations, Comprehensive Examinations. The examination may be oral, written or both, and shall consist normally of three sessions, each of up to three hours duration, within a one week period, or three (3) one week take home examinations. A student will prepare for these examinations by undertaking supervised readings in three fields prescribed by the three members of the comprehensive exam committee. The examination will deal with specified areas of social/cultural anthropology. The examination will normally be scheduled in the third week of November each year in the second year of the student’s program.

  8. The student must submit a written thesis proposal for presentation to the Department two months following completion of the student's comprehensive examination.

  9. As stated in the General Regulations for Graduate Studies, the time limit for completion of the Degree is 7 years.

  10. Submission of dissertation and the oral defence of dissertation will follow General Regulations, Theses and Reports, Evaluation of Ph.D. and Psy.D. Theses.

43.1.2 Courses

A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of students, as far as the resources of the Department will allow.

  • 6010 Environmental Anthropology
  • 6071 Health and Illness: Cultural Contexts and Constructions
  • 6072 Marx and Social Inquiry
  • 6081 Anthropology of Gender
  • 6089 Anthropology of Underclass Life
  • 6100 Social Organization
  • 6110 Culture and Personality
  • 6140 The Community
  • 6210 Language and Culture
  • 6240 Atlantic Regional Studies
  • 6260 Anthropology of Development
  • 6280 Newfoundland Ethnography
  • 6281 Labrador Ethnography
  • 6282 Ethnography of a Single Region
  • 6300 Fieldwork and Interpretation of Culture
  • 6400 Current Themes in Cultural Anthropology
  • 6410 History of Anthropology
  • 6412 Anthropological Theory
  • 6413 Applied Anthropology
  • 6430 Audiovisual Anthropology
  • 6440 Master’s Research Paper (9 credit hours)
  • 6580 Selected Themes in Political Anthropology
  • 6580-6599 Special Areas in Anthropology (excluding 6580, 6583)
  • 6583 Economics and Societies
  • 6600 Contemporary Debates in Anthropology
  • 6890 Graduate Seminar