University of Wisconsin–Madison

Intersectional Degree Program

Intersectional Master’s program requirements

Occasionally students have special interests that can be pursued only through a combined program involving two or more of the sub-disciplines within the department. Examples might include paleoanthropology, ethnoarchaeology, or biocultural anthropology. The department thus offers an intersectional degree track as an option for these special cases. Admission to the Intersectional program requires prior approval by faculty in each section and students should contact appropriate faculty prior to writing their statement. The Director of Graduate Study and the major professor will convene a committee of three additional faculty members to direct the students Intersectional program.

The committee and the student are responsible for progress and evaluation up to the awarding of the degree. The Qualifying Examination, Preliminary Examination, and seminar requirements will reflect the sections represented on the student’s committee. Student should schedule a meeting each semester with their committee to discuss their progress. The committee will prepare and evaluate the Qualifying Examination, conduct the Preliminary Examination, and at least three members will serve on the Ph.D. committee.

Membership in the committee may be changed by consensus of the major advisor and other committee members. Basic requirements for this degree program are described below.

Qualifying Examination: Students are required to take a Qualifying Examination. The faculty committee will determine date of the Qualifying Examination and the topics covered, as appropriate for the student’s course of study. This is a set of two written examinations, intended to evaluate both general anthropological knowledge and the specifics of the student’s interests. The exam is written and evaluated by the faculty committee. There are three grades: Ph.D. pass, which permits advancement toward the doctorate; Master’s pass, which counts toward Master’s requirements only; and Fail. Option to retake will be determined by the committee. The committee may require a paper or thesis as evidence of research and writing skills.

Intersectional Ph.D. program requirements

Occasionally students have special interests that can be pursued only through a combined program involving two or more of the sub-disciplines within the department. Examples might include paleoanthropology, ethnoarchaeology, or biocultural anthropology. The department thus offers an intersectional degree track as an option for these special cases. Admission to the Intersectional program requires prior approval by faculty in each section and students should contact appropriate faculty prior to writing their statement. The Director of Graduate Study and the major professor will convene a committee of three additional faculty members to direct the students Intersectional program.

The committee and the student are responsible for progress and evaluation up to the awarding of the degree. The Qualifying Examination, Preliminary Examination, and seminar requirements will reflect the sections represented on the student’s committee. Student should schedule a meeting each semester with their committee to discuss their progress. The committee will prepare and evaluate the Qualifying Examination, conduct the Preliminary Examination, and at least three members will serve on the Ph.D. committee. Membership in the committee may be changed by consensus of the major advisor and other committee members. Basic requirements for this degree program are described below.

Preliminary Examination: The intersectional committee will conduct an oral Preliminary Examination of the thesis proposal, normally by the end of the sixth semester. The Preliminary Examination is intended to evaluate the feasibility of the dissertation proposal and to allow the committee to make recommendations regarding the direction and conduct of the research. This proposal should follow the format for a Dissertation Research Proposal to the National Science Foundation. Performance will be rated as: (1) pass with distinction; (2) pass; (3) rewrite; or (4) fail.

Human Subjects Protocol: Many students begin preliminary research in preparation for their Preliminary examination and it is important that they obtain the required clearances of waivers prior to undertaking any form of research.

Dissertation Defense: Oral defense of the dissertation: Dissertation defense must take place within five years after passing the preliminary examination.