Welcome to the Columbia University Department of Anthropology. This handbook is intended to help you navigate through the years of study and research that will lead to a PhD degree in Anthropology. We hope that the outlining of procedures and defining of terms will help you in planning your studies. This handbook focuses largely on the policies and procedures of the Department. If you have questions regarding the handbook’s contents, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies. For more information about the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) regulations and procedures, you should regularly refer to its official website.