Department of Anthropology launching first Ph.D. program

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CSU’s Department of Anthropology will enter a new era in Fall 2018 when the department’s first-ever Ph.D. program is launched.

The innovative Ph.D. will focus on place, space and adaptation, building on the diverse research interests of faculty who specialize in cultural anthropology, archaeology and biological anthropology as well as human and physical geography.

The program will provide students with the conceptual expertise and skills to address research questions that:

  • sit at the intersection of anthropology and geography
  • apply geographic methods to anthropological questions
  • critically evaluate the impact of place and space on human/ecosystem adaptation

Long process

The program launch will follow a years-long process to meet all University criteria and faculty review.

“Our new Ph.D. program is the result of many years of hard work on identifying a concept and curriculum that integrates our expertise in geography and anthropology, and creates a unique perspective on anthropological training that will position our students for a variety of different career trajectories,” said department chair Mica Glantz. “This is a game changer for the department – truly transformative for us as a unit. The anthropology department is a great place to live at this moment – it is a really exciting time. We extend the warmest thanks to our dean, the College of Liberal Arts and the University for supporting our vision.”

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The Department of Anthropology’s new Ph.D. program will meld department strengths in anthropology and geography.

Glantz hopes to add five or six new Ph.D. students annually and have a consistent population of 15 to 18 students after four years. The department has already started advertising the new program, and applications will be accepted until Feb. 1.

Unique program

Glantz said CSU is one of three programs in the country that stresses geography in its anthropology training. That emphasis translates well to non-academic jobs, giving CSU’s Ph.D. graduates opportunities to work in government jobs in addition to traditional university positions.

“My goal is that we will compensate for being a new program by training students who can do things – that have skill sets that can be applied to all types of problem-solving in local, regional and global contexts, thus mirroring our land-grant mission,” Glantz said.

More information is available online.

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