Committees

Committees that guide our graduate program include:

Admissions Committee

The Graduate Committees (one for each wing) are responsible for making recommendations to the Department Chair regarding admission to the graduate program, and student financial support. Admission spreadsheets are assembled or updated by the Graduate Program Coordinator. Committee members read the application material and together rank the candidates in order of potential success in the program. On the basis of ranking the committees recommend students for admission and, selectively, for campus-based fellowships, graduate research fellowship (block grant) support, teaching assistantships and graduate student researcher positions. Recommendations for admission are forwarded to the Dean of Graduate Studies for final approval of admission. Notification of admissions decisions will be sent by Graduate Studies.

Advising Committee

The Advising Committee will be composed of the student’s major professor, the Graduate Adviser (Wing Chair) and selected faculty in the student’s concentration and the department chair. Upon entering the graduate program, students will meet with the (Interim) Major Professor, to discuss their goals, their previous training, needed training in the general field of anthropology, specific requirements of the graduate program, and available and desirable training within their concentration. Based on these discussions, the student and the (Interim) Major Professor fill out the Entry Evaluation Form, which is signed by the student, the (Interim) Major Professor, and the Graduate Advisor/Wing Chair. The student and the (Interim) Major Professor meet in the first week of each quarter to determine progress based on the entry evaluation form. They also are expected to meet annually in late spring to review the previous year’s work and to propose a tentative program for the year following, thus assuring progress to degree. Full-time students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per quarter, including enrollment in sections of 299 and 396 courses.

Comprehensive (Preliminary and Capstone) Exam Committee

Evolutionary Wing: The Wing Chair (Graduate Advisor) asks the entire faculty of each concentration to submit questions for the written comprehensive exam. They, in turn, review answers to their concentration-specific questions. In addition, the entire wing faculty reviews answers to the general questions at a full wing meeting.

Sociocultural Wing: The student works with selected faculty in the preparation of a capstone paper related to their research interest, which is reviewed by randomly selected faculty. In questionable or borderline instances, the entire faculty reads and evaluates the exam. All papers will be discussed at a full wing meeting.