The Ph.D. in Archaeology is offered in prehistoric and historic archaeology of Northeastern North America and the Arctic.
An applicant must normally hold a Master's Degree with a specialization in Archaeology.
The Department requires a minimum residency of six semesters for Ph.D. students.
A supervisory committee will be established for each student as per General Regulations, Ph.D. and Psy.D. Candidates.
Students will normally be required to successfully complete two courses during their first three semesters in the program: Archaeology 6700 and 6411. The supervisory committee may require the students to complete additional graduate courses.
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 Archaeology. The exam will be set and marked by an authority determined by the Head of the Department and the Dean of Graduate Studies (see General Regulations, Evaluation of Graduate Students) and will normally be completed before the Comprehensive Examination is undertaken.
The Ph.D. Comprehensive Examination shall be administered in accordance with General Regulations, Ph.D. and Psy.D. 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. Students 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 archaeology. The examination will normally be scheduled in the third week of November each year in the second year of the student’s program.
The student must submit a written thesis proposal for presentation to the Department two months following completion of the student's comprehensive examination.
As stated in General Regulations, Period of Study, the time limit for completion of the Degree is 7 years.
Submission of dissertation and the oral defence of dissertation will follow General Regulations, Evaluation of Ph.D. and Psy.D. Theses.
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.
- 6000 Theory and Method in the Study of Archaeology and Prehistory (same as the former 6411)
- 6001 Interpretative Methods in Archaeology (same as the former 6700)
- 6095 Advanced Studies in Ethnohistory (same as History 6095)
- 6191 Approaches to Early Modern Material Culture
- 6409 History of Archaeology
- 6680 Space, Place and Landscape
- 6681-6699 (excluding 6683, 6685, 6686, 6687) Special Topics in Archaeology
- 6682 Advances in Environmental Archaeology
- 6685 When World’s Meet: Nature/Culture and Ontological Conflicts
- 6686 Archaeology of the Body
- 6687 Applied Archaeological Sciences