Certificate in Anthropology & History

The Certificate in Anthropology and History Certificate is open to doctoral students in the departments of History and Cultural Anthropology, and other doctoral programs at Duke. The program provides students with a systematic way to gain familiarity with research methods in both fields, and to benefit from numerous cross-listed graduate seminars and joint research. Faculty from both departments will participate in graduate preliminary examination and dissertation defense committees. Please see the listing of affiliated faculty.

Overview

Historians and anthropologists work within a shared framework, asking similar questions, and seeking answers to these questions from similar kinds of evidence. In both disciplines, it is widely understood that cultural diversity and cultural change cannot be accounted for either by the traditional narrative techniques of historians or by the traditional ethnographic descriptions of anthropologists. Instead, historians realize they must look beyond action, intention, and event, to underlying patterns, unspoken presuppositions, institutional and discursive structures. Anthropologists realize that kinship, ritual, social role, discourse, and belief are all subject to improvisation, contestation, politicization, and thus to change. Drawing on anthropological and historical theory, this certificate provides a coherent pathway to broadly explore the implications of cultural diversity and change.

Certificate Requirements

Cultural Anthropology or History Ph.D. program students pursuing a Certificate in Anthropology and History must designate a mentor from among the affiliated faculty of the certificate program. Note – this faculty member need not be your doctoral advisor. With your mentors, you will draw up a coherent program of study leading to the award of the certificate.

Your program of study must include:

  • Courses
    • Core graduate seminar HISTORY 572S Anthropology and History
    • At least two other courses in the non-degree department
  • Research Seminar
    • Prepare and present a paper at a research seminar offered by a department other than your own
  • Colloquium
    • Participate, when in residence, in an Anthropology and History colloquium that will be organized by the affiliated faculty and the students
    • Present of your own work at the colloquium at least once, most commonly during the writing phase of the dissertation
  • Capstone research paper (in History or Cultural Anthropology), this may be a part of the student's portfolio
  • Preliminary examination field in the non-degree discipline
  • Dissertation prospectus that draws on the joint interests of historians and anthropologists

Composition of Your Committee

  • At least one member of your dissertation defense committee must be from the non-degree department.
  • The Director of Graduate Studies in History or Cultural Anthropology will monitor the progress of each student in the certificate program. They will be assisted by one member of the affiliated faculty from each department – initially William Reddy and Irene Silverblatt – who will review each student's dossier at least once a year.

Students enrolled in Ph.D. programs at Duke other than those of Cultural Anthropology or History who wish to earn a Certificate in Anthropology and History, must designate a mentor from the affiliated faculty. With your mentors, your will draw up a coherent program of study leading to the certificate

Your program of study must include:

  • Courses
    • Core graduate seminar HISTORY 572S Anthropology and History
    • At least two other courses in either Cultural Anthropology or History, with at least one course in the other department
  • Research Seminar
    • One semester-long research seminar offered either by History or by Cultural Anthropology
  • Colloquium
    • Participate, when in residence, in an Anthropology and History colloquium that will be organized by the affiliated faculty and the students
    • Present your own work at the colloquium at least once, most commonly during the writing phase of the dissertation
  • Capstone research paper drawing on the methodologies at the intersection of History and Cultural Anthropology
  • Preliminary examination field that focuses on the methodology of historical ethnography
  • Dissertation prospectus that draws on the joint interests of historians and anthropologists

Composition of Your Committee

  • At least one member of the dissertation defense committee from the affiliated faculty.
  • Monitoring of student progress will be carried out by one member of the affiliated faculty – initially either William Reddy or Irene Silverblatt – who will review each student's dossier at least once a year.