Honors thesis schedule and procedures (targetdeadlines) by the beginning of the senior year choose your honors thesis advisor (a fulltime member of the anthropology department) begin the process of regular communication with your advisor, and think about additional members to serve on your thesis committee (see below. Senior theses and honors undergraduate first-year focus majors and minors senior theses and honors 2018 honors theses past theses submissions theses award winners special academic opportunities career paths undergraduate anthropology society courses senior theses and honors conducting original research is central to the field of anthropology. Honors students completing their theses present the results of their research for one another, as well as students entering the honors program and currently enrolled in anth 399 this class is run concurrently with anth 399.
The honors thesis is prepared during two successive quarters (fall anth 196a and winter anth 196b) of a major’s senior year, and can count as two of the five four-unit upper-division elective courses required for a major. Sociology and anthropology majors qualify for writing an honors thesis if their major and cumulative grade point averages are at least 325. Honors is a good option for students planning to pursue graduate studies in anthropology because it helps to develop research and writing skills that are valued by graduate schools, and will help students develop the skills necessary to prepare theses and publications in the future.
Non-thesis honors is not available to students doing a combined concentration in archaeology and social anthropology these students may pursue honors via the thesis track of the program that best fits the primary orientation of their thesis project. Joint honors thesis students may pursue a joint honors thesis in anthropology and sociology and another major/program students who pursue joint honors enroll in the honors thesis course in anthropology and sociology (a&s 495 or 496) one semester and the honors thesis course for the second major/program for the second semester. An honors thesis is required for graduating with honors in anthropology writing an honors thesis, however, does not guarantee graduation with honors if a student pursues an honors thesis that is not conferred honors status, the student's record will show that s/he successfully completed a senior thesis.
The honors program in anthropology encourages students to engage in the subject more intensely and engage in significant original research while undergraduates because anthropology is a field and laboratory science, students should seek opportunities, in consultation with their faculty advisor(s), to conduct or participate in original research.
In addition to the regular requirements for a major in anthropology, honors students pursuing either the ba or the bs conduct an independent research project that culminates in a 30-50 page thesis.