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The Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, founded in 1988 by members of the Anthropology and History departments, is the first and only program in the United States to provide a formal institutional setting for doctoral training and professional certification in both disciplines. The program builds on the long tradition of dialogue that has crossed disciplinary fences and energized both fields at the University of Michigan. Its faculty members come from both departments, as well as a variety of other related department and programs.

This highly selective and moderately sized program brings together an international group of students. It sponsors reading groups, seminars, colloquia and conferences throughout the academic year. Students follow a curriculum of core-courses in each discipline. They have significant flexibility to develop innovative trans-disciplinary projects in all areas of the world and time periods using a wide variety of research techniques and analytical approaches, including fieldwork, archival research, and literary analysis. Faculty and students frequently participate in other interdisciplinary institutions and projects at the University of Michigan, including the International Institute and its Advanced Study Center and area centers, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Institute for the Humanities, and the international journal Comparative Studies in Society and History.