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Rules, Regulations, Requirements & Procedures

IDPAS Rules & Regs in pdf format.

The Graduate School policies can be accessed on line at www.grad.sunysb.edu.

 

Subfield Requirements

Each student must satisfy the requirements of at least one of the three sub-fields of specialization in IDPAS: Physical Anthropology, Archaeology, and Cultural Anthropology. Physical Anthropology consists of two tracks: Evolutionary Morphology and Primate Behavior. Each Physical Anthropology student must satisfy the requirements of one of these two tracks. Not more than four (4) credits of SPD or equivalent course work may be applied toward the satisfaction of the course requirements of the IDPAS.

Physical Anthropology


Required courses are: 

(1) DPA/HBA 564 - Primate Evolution 
(2) DPA/HBA 565 - Human Evolution 
(3) DPA/ANT 567 - Primate Behavior and Ecology 

All three courses will form the basis of the qualifying examination. Other required courses for the students on the Evolutionary Morphology track include: 

(1) BEE 551 - Principles of Evolution, (BEE 561-Macroevolution, may be substituted for BEE 551 with the permission of the faculty in the student's track) 
(2) BEE 552 - Biometry, (an equivalent statistics course, e.g., PSY 501 and PSY 502 may be substituted with permission of the physical anthropology faculty) 
(3) DPA/HBA 541 - Human Evolutionary Anatomy 

Students on the Primate Behavior track must take: 

(1) BEE 551 - Principles of Evolution 
(2) BEE 552 - Biometry (an equivalent statistics course, e.g., PSY 501 and PSY 502 may be substituted with permission of the physical anthropology faculty) 
(3) BEE 550 - Principles of Ecology or BEE 586 Evolutionary Ecology 

Additional elective courses may be completed during the second and third years of study under the supervision of the Guidance Committee.

Archaeology

    
Required courses that form the basis of the qualifying examination are 

(1) DPA 515 - Archaeological Theory 
(2) a Graduate-level Statistics course 
(3 & 4) Two survey courses (chosen from DPA 511 - Paleolithic Archaeology, DPA 573 - Archaeology of Human Dispersal, DPA 513 - Origins of Agriculture, or DPA 512 - Comparative Civilizations) 

Additional requirements include: 

(1) DPA 516 - Research Design in Archaeology 
(2) one laboratory methods course (chosen from DPA 517 - Primitive Technology, DPA 518 - Lithic Technology, DPA 519 - Zooarchaeology, DPA Remote Sensing and GIS, or additional laboratory course approved by committee) 
(3) one area course (chosen from DPA 560 - Ancient Mesopotamia, DPA 562 - Long Island Archaeology, DPA 564 - African Stone Age, DPA 585 - Prehistoric Peoples of the Americas, or DPA 650, 651, 652, 653 (with committee approval) 

Students must also take one elective course outside the archaeology sub-discipline (e.g. DPA Human Evolution, DPA 566 - Hunters and Gatherers, DPA 582 - Human Demography, ARH 541 - Topics in Ancient Art, GEO 521 - Isotopes and Trace Element Geology). Students must have had one season of archeological fieldwork (with committee approval) before advancing to candidacy.

Cultural Anthropology : currently not taking students


Required courses that form the basis of the Qualifying Examination are 

(1) DPA/ANT 501 - Development of Anthropological Theory 
(2) DPA/ANT 540 - Readings in Ethnography and Ethnology 
(3) DPA/ANT 520 - Principles of Social and Cultural Anthropology 

Other courses required for completion of the Cultural Anthropology program include: 

(1) DPA/ANT 620 - Research Seminar in Topical Problems 
(2) DPA/ANT 640 - Research Seminar in Ethnography and Ethnology 
(3) another session of DPA/ANT 540 - Readings in Ethnography and Ethnology 

Other courses that may be taken at the discretion of the student's Guidance Committee include DPA/ANT 509 - Seminar in European Ethnography, DPA/ANT 561 - Peasant Societies and Cultures, and a statistics course.