Cognates

About Cognates

Anthropology concentrators may use up to two cognates to satisfy their departmental course requirements in any track. 

A cognate may be an anthropology course taken during study abroad and/or a course offered by another department or program at Princeton. Proposed cognates must be approved by the department. Princeton cognates are courses that the director of undergraduate studies agrees are relevant to a student's independent work or the student’s course of study in their chosen track. A Princeton cognate normally does not include an ANT course number; however, occasionally it may be a course offered by another academic unit that Anthropology cross-lists (and thus carries an ANT course number), but has not been pre-approved as a departmental course in the student's chosen track.

To determine whether a course would require cognate approval to count as a departmental course, students in the Law, Politics, and Economics (LPE) track or the Medical Anthropology (MedAnth) track can refer to lists by semester of pre-approved ANT courses for those tracks, including possible cognates without an ANT course number (i.e. not cross-listed).

How to Request Cognate Approval

Proposed cognates must be approved by the department. Approval prior to enrollment is normally expected, however, retroactive approval is granted when warranted. 

To petition for cognate preapproval for a Princeton course that you plan to take:

  1. Get course information from the Registrar's Course Offerings;
  2. Fill out a Course Enrollment Worksheet for the proposed cognate with the course TERM, primary course number, course title, and instructor's name added directly on the worksheet; 
  3. Write a brief statement explaining how the proposed cognate relates to your independent work or the focus of your track;
  4. Send items #1-3 above by email attachment to the undergraduate administrator. Your petition will be reviewed for completeness and then forwarded to the DUS for an approval decision.

To petition for cognate credit for a course in-progress or already taken:

  1. Gather a copy of the course syllabus;
  2. Fill out a Course Enrollment Worksheet for the proposed cognate with the course TERM, primary course number, course title, and instructor's name added directly on the worksheet; 
  3. Write a brief statement explaining how the proposed cognate relates to your independent work or the focus of your track;
  4. Send items #1-3 above by email attachment to the undergraduate administrator. Your petition will be reviewed for completeness and then forwarded to the DUS for an approval decision.
  5. If your course is a completed Study Abroad course for which preapproval was previously granted, please also attach to the email a copy of your Study Abroad preapproval form as proof of the preapproval.

Occasionally specific non-ANT courses may be pre-approved as acceptable cognates for the LPE or MedAnth track. To be applied as cognates, such courses require petition by students as explained above, but a course syllabus or Registrar's course information are not required (i.e. item #1 in the instructions above may be omitted).

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Anthropology Contacts

Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS)
Professor Carolyn Rouse
129 Aaron Burr Hall
antdus@princeton.edu
(609) 258-4556 | WASE


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Undergraduate Administrator
Mo Lin Yee
116 Aaron Burr Hall
(609) 258-5535
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(General contact for matters related to the undergraduate program in Anthropology)