University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

Anthropology Ph.D.

Doctor of Philosophy - Anthropology

Required Credits: 60 (30 + 30 from M.A.)

Required Cumulative GPA: 3.0


  • The PhD in Anthropology with General Option requires 60 credits total beyond the bachelor’s degree, completion of the coursework for one of the UM Anthropology MA Options or an equivalent 30+ credit master’s degree from another institution, completion of courses in specific areas of the curriculum, a comprehensive examination consisting of a defense of the student’s research proposal, a dissertation on a topic of relevance to Anthropology, and a defense of the dissertation.
  • Please refer to the Graduate Student Manual for specific curriculum that is required of the General Option Ph.D.

Degree Requirements

The General Option requires coursework, a reviewed portfolio, a comprehensive examination, and a defended dissertation. The faculty expects completion of the Ph.D. within three years of earning the master’s degree. All students entering the Ph.D. program must have the equivalent of an M.A. degree before they can proceed to Ph.D. status. For students accepted into the program with only an undergraduate degree, they must complete the requirements of an M.A. degree prior to moving into the Ph.D. program. Students initially accepted into the M.A. program can continue into the Ph.D. program, but they must complete the M.A. degree prior to continuing; those students must also apply for the Ph.D. program during the regular application cycle (even though they are extant M.A. students).


Coursework for the Ph.D. General Option requires 30 credits beyond those required for the master’s degree, for a total of 60 credits. At least 20 of these credits must be in ANTY or LING. A maximum of 10 credits in research courses may be applied to these 30 credits. No more than 9 credits total in any combination of Independent Studies and Internship courses may be applied to these 30 credits.

Research Courses
ANTY 593Professional Project1-10
ANTY 597Research1-10
ANTY 599Thesis1-10
ANTY 697Advanced Research1-6
ANTY 699Dissertation1-10


The curriculum for the 60 credits required for the General Ph.D. Option focuses on a solid grounding in anthropological theory and methods. All students must take (or have taken) ANTY 500 and ANTY 601. In addition, at least one course must be taken from each of the two areas below. Reasonable substitutions of courses, including courses from other departments and institutions, may be approved by the student’s committee.

Anthropological Theory

ANTY 510Seminar on Human Variation & Evolution3
ANTY 513Seminar in Bioarcheaology & Skeletal Biology3
ANTY 515Theory & Methods in Bioanthropology3
ANTY 520Seminar in Contemporary Ethnography3
ANTY 550Seminar in Archaeology3
ANTY 551Seminar Historical Archaeology3
ANTY 553Evolutionary Archaeology3
ANTY 600Issues in Cultural Heritage3
LING 570Seminar in Linguistics3
LING 573Language and Culture3

Methods for Collecting, Generating and Analyzing Anthropological Data

ANTY 401Anthropological Data Analysis3
ANTY 412Osteology4
ANTY 413Forensic and Mortuary Archaeology3
ANTY 431Ethnographic Field Methods3
ANTY 451Cultural Resource Management3
ANTY 452GIS in Archaeology3
ANTY 454Lithic Technology3
ANTY 455Artifact Analysis3
ANTY 466Archaeological Survey1-12
ANTY 467Archaeological Field School3-12
ANTY 476Methods for Native Languages3
ANTY 495Field Experience/Practicum1-12
ANTY 508Applied Anthropological Statistics3
ANTY 512Advanced Forensic Anthropology3
ANTY 602Cultural Heritage Policy & Practice3
LING 571Phonetics and Phonology3
LING 574Historical Linguistics3
LING 575Linguistic Field Methods3
LING 584NA Indigenous Language and Linguistics3
LING 589Morphology3