Graduate Student Guide & Petition Forms

A Guide to the Anthropology Doctoral Program by Pitt Students

The Anthropology Graduate Student Guide is written (and revised) by Anthropology Graduate Students for Anthropology Gruaduate Students. This not only outlines the formal curriculum in Anthropology, it charts a course for successful completion of the PhD program, modeled after recent graduate students. The timeline will help prospective and current students keep on top of credit hours, language requirements, fellowship applications, comprehensive examinations, and scheduled completion of the doctoral dissertaion.  This page also contains downloadable petition forms to submit to the Graduate Studies Committee and some usful links and telephone numbers to various University resources.

Petitions

You must petition the Graduate Studies Committee several times during the course of your study. The following forms are intended to make this easier. Just click on the link to download each form and print them out with Microsoft Word.

Form 1: Course Petitions

The Graduate Studies Committee must be petitioned to approve credits for courses taken outside of the Department of Anthropology to count toward the 30 credits required for the MA or the 72 credits required for the PhD. This form may also be used to petition the Graduate Studies Committee to accept graduate credits earned at another institution.

Form 2: Language Requirement

If you are a native speaker of a language other than English, use this form for approval of the language requirement. If you are proficient in a language as the result of coursework at another institution, the committee may be petitioned to accept those credits for proof of language proficiency.

Form 3: Method and Theory Requirements

If you wish to substitute different classes for the method and theory requirement than those listed within the Department of Anthropology, then you must petition the committee for approval. This form may be used for the petition. As no specific classes are listed to fulfill the method and theory requirement for physical anthropology, physical anthropology students must petition the committee to approve whatever class is taken to fulfill this requirement.

Form 4: Master’s Advisory Committee

This form may be used to petition the Graduate Studies Committee for approval of a master’s advisory committee.

Form 5: Comprehensive Exam Committee

This form may be used to petition the Graduate Studies Committee for approval of a comprehensive exam committee and exam topic. This must be done for each comprehensive exam.

Form 6: PhD Dissertation Committee

This form may be used to petition the Graduate Studies Committee for the approval of a PhD advisory committee.