Majors desiring to be a candidate for honors in anthropology must apply in writing to the department at the beginning of the fall semester of the senior year. Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.2 and a GPA of 3.5 in all course work in the major at the time of application. In order to receive honors, you must, in addition to maintaining this level of performance, complete ANT 498 during the fall semester and receive a grade of at least A- on the honors thesis (ANT 499), as well as a departmental recommendation. The department may, upon awarding a thesis grade of A and given evidence of continued high academic achievement, recommend departmental high honors.
Before submitting a thesis proposal, you should identify a major adviser for your thesis. This must be a current member of the department and need not be your academic adviser. As soon as possible, another department member should be asked to be the second reader, though not necessarily before your proposal is submitted. You may also, in consultation with the thesis adviser, invite the participation of a third reader, who may be from outside the department.
Your proposal should normally be submitted within the first two weeks of the fall semester. It should be as specific as possible about what it is that you hope to accomplish, as well as demonstrate that your plans are feasible. There is no fixed format for the proposal, but below are some suggested topics you may wish to address.
The overall length of the body of your proposal need be no more than about four to seven pages, plus a bibliography.
The department as a whole evaluates your thesis proposal and your thesis, although the opinions of your advisers necessarily carry more weight. The evaluation will be made not only on the basis of the finished project, but also on evidence of steady progress throughout the academic year and on a satisfactory oral defense. The oral defense will be scheduled following submission of a final complete draft. The defense ranges anywhere from 30-60 minutes and will consist of a brief overview of your thesis followed by questions from the audience.
The committee will then indicate necessary revisions for the final version. We have no fixed due date for the thesis, but it must be completed early enough to accommodate the defense, necessary revisions, and the early deadline for senior grades. Digital (PDF) versions of the final version are to be provided to the department and to the library.
If you have questions or would like additional information about the Anthropology Honors Program, please contact Prof. Ringle at email@example.com.