The Ph.D. in Anthropology at CSU supports advanced coursework and research with a focus on place, space, and adaptation. Students achieve this perspective on the discipline by engaging with a curriculum infused with geographic methods and approaches. This program provides students with the skills and expertise to address research questions that 1) sit at the intersection of anthropology and geography, 2) apply geographic methods to anthropological questions, and 3) critically evaluate the impact of place and space on human/ecosystem adaptation. 

Effective Fall 2023

Core Courses
ANTH 500Development of Anthropological Theory3
Select one of the following two core courses:3
Place, Space and Adaptation
Edge Effects--Place, Embodiment, Environment
Method Courses – 9 credits total
Select at least 3 credits in ANTH method courses:3-6
Human Osteology
Approaches to Community-Based Development
Method in Cultural Anthropology
Ethnographic Field School
Ethnographic Field Methods
Cultures of Virtual Worlds–Research Methods
Community Development from the Ground Up
Methods of Analysis in Paleoanthropology
Psychiatric Anthropology Laboratory
Cultural Analysis of Qualitative Data
Cognitive Anthropology Field Methods
Cultural Analysis of Personal Networks
Human-Environment Interactions
Seminar in Archaeological Method
Foundations of Ethnographic Research
From Death to Discovery
Global Mental Health--Theory and Method
Ecological and Social Agent-based Modeling
Bayesian Chronologies in Archaeology
Field Methods Training in Online Environments
Paleoclimate and Human Evolution
Field Archaeology
Research Design and Analysis in Anthropology
Practicum-Field Archaeology
Select at least 3 credits in GR method courses:3-6
GIS for Social Scientists
Spatial Analysis with GIS
Land Change Science and Remote Sensing
Land Change Science Lab
Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
Theory/Topical electives – 15 credits total (Select at least 3 credits from each of the four categories below – these can be fulfilled at the Master's level)
Depending on specific content covered, the following courses could satisfy any of the 3 anthropology (ANTH) sub-disciplines below:
Supervised College Teaching
Special Topics in Anthropology
Independent Study
Archaeology courses:3-6
Seminar in Archaeological Theory
Regional Prehistory: Great Plains
Regional Prehistory: Great Basin
Regional Prehistory: Southwestern
Historical Archaeology
Archaeology of Complex Societies
Paleoindian Archaeology
Field Archaeology
Practicum-Field Archaeology
Biological Anthropology courses:3-6
Contemporary Issues-Biological Anthropology
Anthropology and Global Health
Human Origins
Cultural Anthropology courses:3-6
Resilience, Well-Being, and Social Justice
Anthropology of Happiness and the Good Life
Culture and Environment
Women, Health, and Culture
Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
Economic Anthropology
Anthropology and Sustainable Development
The Culture of Disaster
Globalization and Culture Change
Food, Hunger, and Culture
Medical Anthropology
Foundations of Ethnographic Research
Global Mental Health--Theory and Method
Culture, Mind, and Cognitive Science
Mind, Medicine, and Culture
Theoretical Topics in Cultural Anthropology
Applications of International Development
Geography courses:3-6
Climate Change: Science, Policy, Implications
The Geography of Commodities
Land Change Science Lab
Political Geography
Forest Biogeography and Climate Change
Remote Sensing and Image Analysis
Special Topics in Geography
ANTH 799Dissertation3-12
Outside Department Elective (Select at least 3 credits from subject code other than ANTH or GR)3
Additional Credits:3-6
Supervised College Teaching
Group Study-Anthropological Theory
Special Topics in Anthropology
Independent Study
Master's Degree Credit (a maximum of 30 credits may be accepted from a master's degree)30
Program Total Credits:72

A minimum of 72 credits are required to complete this program.

Most students entering the Ph.D. program in anthropology will bring in 30 credits from a Master's program in a related field. The above curriculum represents a total of 42 credits beyond the Master's level.  If a prospective student has less than 30 credits toward the program, an individualized curriculum plan will be developed by working with primary advisor that will cover possible anthropology deficiencies.