Integrative Anthropological Sciences PhD

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College : Sciences Degree :PhD
Department : Anthropology Option : Dissertation
Program Websites : https://sciences.ucf.edu/anthropology/

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Doctor of Philosophy in Integrative Anthropological Sciences is accepting applications for Fall 2018 semester.

The Integrative Anthropological Sciences PhD emphasizes cross-disciplinary empirical research on the dynamics of transformation and change in societies past and present. The program integrates methodologies from the science and technology components of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) with the theoretical and analytical strengths of social science to address critical social challenges.

CURRICULUM

The Integrative Anthropological Sciences PhD requires 51 credit hours beyond an earned master's degree. Required course work minimally includes 12 credit hours of core courses, 24 credit hours of elective courses, and 15 hours of dissertation research. If foundational or theoretical coursework is not present in the earned master's , remaining credit hours may consist of additional electives, doctoral research, and a maximum of 12 credit hours of directed research and independent study.
Total Credit Hours Required:
51 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Required Courses—12 Credit Hours

Core Courses—9 Credit Hours

  • ANG 6002 Proseminar in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6931 Science, Technology, and the Transformation of Human Societies (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 7075 Advanced Anthroplogical Topics in Geospatial Analysis (3 credit hours)

Research Methods—3 Credit Hours

Select one course from the list below.

  • ANG 6498 Advanced Qualitative Methods in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 7496 Advanced Quantitative Methods in Anthropology (3 credit hours)

Elective Courses—24 Credit Hours

Unrestricted Electives—24 Credit Hours

All students in the doctoral program must complete 24 hours of unrestricted electives. The unrestricted electives offer student the opportunity to explore their interests, further advance their methodological skills, and gain interdisciplinary experience. To fulfill their unrestricted electives requirement, students may also take graduate-level course in programs outside the department, particularly in Biology, Sociology, Political Science, History, and the College of Health and Public Affairs but, outside courses must not exceed 12 credit hours. The student's faculty advisor and the Graduate Program Committee must approval all graduate courses taken outside the department. Student may also use the second methods course identified in the Core requirement as an Unrestricted Elective. The departmental course options for the Unrestricted Electives include the following:

  • ANG 5094 Writing in Anthropolgy (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5100 Archaeological Science (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5166 Problems in Maya Studies (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5167 Maya Hieroglyphs (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5191 Mortuary Archaeology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5228 Maya Iconography (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5272 Culture, Inequality and Global Development (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5301 Anthropology of Tourism (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5307 Peoples and Culture of Latin America (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5341 Caribbean Cultures (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5486 Quantitative Research in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5531 Nutritional Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5620 Language and Culture (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5622 Language, Culture, and Pedagogy (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5738 Advanced Medical Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5742 Problems in Forensic Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5822 Field Research in Maya Studies (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5852 GIS Methods in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5853 Advanced GIS Methods in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 5937C Human Osteology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6003 Ethics in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6021 Advanced Topics in Environmental Transformations (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6110 Archaelogical Theory and Method (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6125C Applied Materials Analysis in Anthropological Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6144 Contemporary Problems in the Anthropology of Mental Health (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6168 The Ancient Maya (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6181C GIS Applications in Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6184 Advances in Archaeological Practice (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6324 Contemporary Maya (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6390 Seminar in Cultural Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6405 Food Security and Sustainability (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6411 Business Practices for the Anthropological Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6467 Advanced Topics in Medical Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6520C Advanced Human Osteology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6536 Advances in Bioarchaeology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6587 Seminar in Biological Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6701 Seminar in Applied Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6740C Advanced Forensic Anthropology (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6801 Ethnographic Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 6821C Forensic Archaeology Field Methods (3 credit hours)
  • ANG 7184C Applied Integrative Isotopic Sciences (3 credit hours)

Proficiency Requirement

Prior to enrollment in dissertation hours, students are required to demonstrate a proficiency in a second language (other than English) or an additional methodological area dependent on the student's intended research area. The language requirement may be met by achieving an average grade of B or higher in two years' (four semesters) of a single undergraduate-level language that is relevant to the student's research. Students may meet this requirement by providing evidence of four semesters of undergraduate enrollment with a B average prior to admission to the program, by taking the necessary undergraduate-level courses during their program of study in the Ph.D. program, or by passing a university-administered equivalent proficiency examination that places them into the 5th-semester of higher of undergraduate language classes at UCF. Student may also meet this requirement with methodological skills (for example, statistics proficiency, etc) gained through appropriate and approved coursework. the Graduate Program Director will determine which requirement is to be met.

Dissertation—15 Credit Hours Minimum

  • ANG 7980 Dissertation Research (15 credit hours)

In consultation with the advisor and with the approval of the Doctoral Program Committee, each student must secure qualified members of their dissertation committee. the dissertation committee will consist of a minimum four members. At least three members must be Anthropology Graduate Faculty, and the student's advisor will serve as the committee chair. One member must be from either outside the student's Department at UCF of outside the university. Graduate faculty members must form the majority of any given committee. A dissertation committee must be formed prior to enrollment in dissertation hours.

A student who passes their candidacy exam (proposal defense) will begin the dissertation process. The dissertation serves as the culmination of the course work that comprises this research-based degree. It must make a significant original theoretical, intellectual, practical, creative, or research contribution to the student's area within the discipline. Dissertations will be theoretically grounded, show expertise in the topic area, and utilize methodologically sound analysis of either quantitative or qualitative data. The dissertation will be completed through a minimum of 15 hours of dissertation credit, which students will use to conduct original research.

Examinations

Written and Oral Qualifying Examination

The written and oral examination is to be completed by each student after completion of the four required core courses, ideally at the beginning of the third semester of coursework. This examination will test students on theoretical and methodological literature pertaining to the discipline. Exam questions will be based upon the specific core course selections of individual students Exam questions will be provided by course instructors and each exam will be assembled by the Doctoral Program Committee. If an exam-taking student's advisor is on the Doctoral Program Committee, they must recuse themselves from the exam assembly. The written component of the Qualifying Examination will be composed of 4-8 questions, but will not exceed 60 pages in total (references additional). Students will be given 5 days to complete the exam, starting at 9:00 a.m. on the Monday before classes begin in the fall or spring semesters and ending at 5:00 p.m. on Friday the same week. Students are required to notify the Graduate Program Director of their intention to take the exam by June 1 for the fall semester and October 1, for spring semester. The Exam Committee will be given 2 seeks to grade the exam and schedule the oral examination. An oral examination, to last no longer than 2 hours, will allow the Exam committee to ask the student questions pertaining to the written examination. Immediately after the oral examination the Exam Committee will determine if the student passed the examination. A conditional pass will require students to revise and resubmit their answers to one or more questions deemed insufficient by the Exam Committee. any student failing the examination must repeat the examination by the next fall semester. Student who fail the test in fall may retake the exam in the spring semester. They will be given sufficient notice to meet the October 1 notification deadline. A second failed attempt will result in dismissal from the program.

Candidacy Examination—Written Proposal and Oral Defense

Advancement to candidacy will require the successful defense of dissertation proposal. The purpose of the dissertation proposal is to explain the subject under investigation, place it within the existing scholarly literature, and to present the planned approach for writing the dissertation. The proposal defense will take place in semester prior to the one in which they intend to enroll in dissertation hours, normally during the 4th semester. Students may not schedule a proposal defense with their dissertation committee until they have passed the written and oral qualifying exam. The oral defense will be based on a written research proposal that follows the guidelines and format of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. Once the student has completed their proposal in consultation with their advisor they will schedule a Proposal Defense. The defense is not to last more than 90 minutes. Immediately after this defense, the student's Dissertation Committee will meet to decide whether the student passed the written proposal and oral defense. As student who passes the candidacy examination then begins the actual research and writing of the doctoral dissertation.

Independent Learning

As with all graduate programs, independent learning is an important component in the Integrative Anthropological Sciences doctoral program. Students will demonstrate independent learning through research seminars, directed research and the dissertation.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide: 

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • A master's degree or its equivalent in Anthropology or a closely related discipline. 
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 for all master's level work completed. 
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • A personal statement not to exceed 500 words.
  • A curriculum vita.
  • A writing sample of at least 2,500 words demonstrating the ability to conduct graduate-level work.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • An on campus, by phone or Skype interview with potential advisor, in coordination with the Doctoral Program Committee.
  • International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or other equivalent test approved by the Graduate Collgee, unless they hold a degree from a US accredited institution. The TOEFL is strongly preferred. The minimum TOEFL score for full admissions consideration is 90 on the Internet-based test (IBT), 232 on the computer-based test, or 575 on the paper-based test. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. Applicants should plan to take the appropriate test no later than December to ensure consideration of their applications by the January 1 deadline.

Meeting minimum UCF admission criteria does not guarantee program admission. Final admission is based on evaluation of the applicant's abilities, past performance, recommendations, match of this program and faculty expertise to the applicant's career/academic goals, and the applicant's potential for completing the degree.

Application Deadlines

Integrative Anthropological Sciences PhD *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 1Feb 15

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International Applicants Jan 1Jan 1

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International Transfer Applicants Jan 1Jan 1

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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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