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Degree Requirements > Anthropology and Education: PhD

Anthropology and Education: PhD

The Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are for students who plan to engage in scholarly writing and research, applied research and evaluation, or teaching and administrative responsibilities at colleges, universities, professional schools of education and medicine, research institutes, or state, federal, and international agencies and bureaus.

Each student develops, in collaboration with an advisor, a program of study in anthropology designed to establish a high level of competency. A minimum of 75 points of acceptable graduate credit is required for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). Of these 75 points, a maximum of 45 points can be completed through another faculty of Columbia University, or a maximum of 30 points may be transferred in from other recognized graduate schools. A total of 40-45 points of major courses is required, of which 40 points must be Anthropology courses.

These courses prepare students with the requisite knowledge of epistemological, theoretical, methodological, ethnographic, and substantive areas of anthropology. They aim to develop competency in the discipline, while addressing the specific intellectual interests of the student.

At least 15 points of the anthropology requirements must be taken within the TC program. A minimum of 25 points of the 40 points required in anthropology must be taken at Teachers College, or in other faculties of Columbia University. Up to 15 points in anthropology courses may be taken at other graduate institutions which are members of the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium, to satisfy major course requirements.

Within the major course requirements, 21 points in required courses must be taken: the four-semester sequence of colloquia and summer field research (a minimum of 12 points); an additional theory course outside of the first semester colloquium (3 points); and two ethnography courses , one within and one outside of a student's interest (6 points).

Fifteen points in research methods and statistical courses are also required. The remaining 15 points of electives are used to increase competence in comparative, regional, or interna-tional studies, or to enhance technical skills used in conjunction with but outside the major course of study. At least three of these courses (8-9 points) must be taken in fields foundational to anthropology (economics, history, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, sociology.) Of the 75 graduate points required for the degree, a minimum of 45 must be taken for an evaluative letter grade.

Certification Requirements

Certification is the means of indicating that the student is regarded as having attained the expected competencies of the program. An overall grade average of B+ is expected. In addition, students must complete a set of written examinations on topics relevant to Anthropology and Education and to Applied Anthropology.

Dissertation Requirements

After passing the written certification examination, the candidate prepares a dissertation proposal to be defended in oral examination. One or two years of anthropological field research is required for the collection of original field data based on the dissertation research proposal.

Foreign Language Requirement

Each candidate must satisfy the foreign language requirement by demonstrating proficiency in two scholarly languages, or one scholarly language and one field language, or one scholarly language and a two-semester sequence of prescribed statistics courses.