Course Requirements

Students who are accepted into the Department of Anthropology's Evolutionary Wing graduate program begin by fulfilling core and subdiscipline requirements constituting a master's degree curriculum.

Each student admitted to the graduate program in the Department of Anthropology is responsible for knowing the curricular requirements. We encourage prospective students to make contact with currently enrolled graduate students, and to communicate with faculty members in relevant areas of specialization

To obtain the Master’s degree, students in Anthropology are required complete 36 units of upper division or graduate coursework. Of these 36 units, 18 must be from graduate courses (numbered in the 200s) and no more than 9 units can be for research (ANT 299). A minimum GPA of 3.0 must be maintained to remain in good standing, and students must enroll in 12 units per quarter. Students must be in residence for a minimum of three quarters and must pass a written preliminary examination and a comprehensive capstone examination.

M.A. degree requirements

Foreign Language Requirement

The Evolutionary Wing has NO formal requirement; a student may elect to take a language if it would be helpful in the field.


  • ANT 270 (department colloquium) 3 units
  • Any three of the following: 12 units
  • ANT 200 (History and Theory of Anthropology)*
  • ANT 201 (Critical Readings in Ethnography)
  • ANT 202 (History and Theory of Biological Anthropology)*
  • ANT 203 (History and Theory of Archaeology)*
  • ANT 204 (Contemporary Issues in Anthropological Theory)
  • ANT 205 (History and Theory in Anthropological Linguistics)
* Recommended

Concentration Requirements

Archaeology: 8 units
  • ANT 122A (Economic Anthropology) OR ANT 128A (Kinship and Social Organization)
  • ANT 152 (Human Evolution) OR ANT 156A (Human Osteology)
Human Behavioral Ecology / Genetic Anthropology / Paleoanthropology / Primatology (specific requirements in consultation with major professor)
Electives 8 units
Independent study 5 units
Total 36 units
Preliminary Exam (spring of first year)
Capstone (by spring of second year): research proposal or publishable paper with oral presentation OR ANT 216 (when taught as proposal writing and presenting)

PH.D. Degree Requirements

These requirements are in addition to those for the M.A. degree.

Statistics 4 units

  • An upper division or graduate level course in statistics (with a grade of "B-" or better) must be completed before the Qualifying Examination can be scheduled. "S" grades are not sufficient (e.g., ANT 217)

Total 40 units
Research Proposal (part of Qualifying Exam)
Written Exam (part of Qualifying Exam)
Oral Exam (part of Qualifying Exam)



During their first year students should:

  • work toward completing the degree requirements, specifically targeting ANT 200, 202 and 203
  • enroll in ANT 270, our colloquium series to obtain a breadth of knowledge about evolutionary anthropology
  • prepare for their preliminary exams, which are taken toward the end of the spring quarter

During their second year students should:

  • continue their coursework, ensuring that all required courses are completed
  • work closely with their major professor to develop their research proposal
  • complete their capstone requirement, which is either a research proposal or publishable paper with oral presentation. Often this requirement can be fulfilled through the successful completion of ANT 216 when it is taught as a research proposal writing and presenting seminar.

During their third year students should:

  • prepare for their qualifying exam
  • in consultation with their major professor, select a committee
  • prepare a research proposal
  • prepare for their written exams
  • prepare for their oral exams
  • prepare applications for external funding for their dissertation research

During their fourth through sixth years students should

  • collect data to support their dissertation research
  • write their dissertation
  • publish research articles
  • present at regional, national and international conferences
  • gain experience as the instructor of record (IOR) for a course


Be sure to familiarize yourself with these materials:

We also encourage prospective and students to familiarize themselves with forms and informational materials from UC Davis Graduate Studies