The 2023-2024 AnthroGuide is the last print version. Edits for graduate programs are due July 31, 2023.

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General Description / Special Programs

Princeton offers a course of study and research leading to the PhD in Cultural Anthropology. The Program places special emphasis on problems in the analysis of meaning in cultural forms and on problems associated with change in both non-Western and Western society. Consistent with these emphases, the Program maintains close relations with other departments and programs at Princeton such as those in linguistics, religion, history, sociology, and the various regional studies programs on Africa, the Near East, East Asia, and European Studies. The department has three tracks: Socio-cultural; Medical and Legal/Political/Economic in the undergraduate major.

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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, BA major
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
Experience Offered
Field Work
PhD Field Areas
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements 1 year University residence requirement, 1 foreign language of anthropological scholarship, General Exam (consisting of comprehensive exam of basics of social/cultural anthropology in spring of first year, written and oral exams on 2 areas of special interest to the individual student in spring of second year, and presentation of proposal for dissertation second spring of the second year or fall of third year, post-fieldwork presentation to students and faculty, dissertation (based on fieldwork), final thesis defense
Other Degree Field Areas
Sociocultural anthropology
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities <p>Graduate: Consult Graduate School Announcement; some teaching assistantships available</p>
Program Details
Misc Information Ethnographic Data Visualization Lab (VizE Lab) Center on Transnational Policing Transforming Anthropology
Certs Offered 1
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Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Application Deadlines
December 15, 2020
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 0
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 0