Honors in Anthropology

The Department of Anthropology confers graduation honors on students who possess distinguished records in Anthropology and in overall academic performance. To graduate with Honors in Anthropology, a student must have grade point averages of at least a 3.0 in all work and at least a 3.5 in Anthropology. The student must propose, carry out, write, and defend in oral examination a research project. The process of the research proposal, faculty approval, conduct of the research, writing of the results and defense of the research typically requires most of the senior year. Honors designation is contingent on the student’s final grade point average.


  1. Once the student believes he/she will be qualified for Honors, he/she should select a faculty advisor to work with on the choice of a suitable topic. The advisor must be a full-time member of the Anthropology Department. The student and the advisor will then select two other faculty members to serve with the advisor as members of the student’s Honors Committee. At least two of the three members of the Honors Committee must be full-time members of the department, but the third may be a part-time or adjunct faculty member, or, if approved by the faculty, an anthropologist from another institution or organization.
  2. The student must circulate the topic among the committee members for preliminary approval no later than September 15th of the senior year. If the committee believes it is appropriate, the student may receive as many as four (4) credits for academic work done in support of the honors project.
  3. The advisor will supervise the student’s research, including the preparation of the research paper. The paper should be a scholarly treatment of the topic and should be written in American Anthropologist style.
  4. The student, under the advisor’s guidance, will schedule a date when the research will be presented to the committee and an oral examination on the topic will be held. The entire faculty will be notified of the date of the examination, and those who are not members of the committee have the option of attending if they so choose.
  5. Upon successful completion of the paper and examination, the advisor will certify the student for Honors and the Department Major Advisor will advise the Registrar of the student’s graduation with Honor in Anthropology.


Recommended Schedule for Honors:

  1. Selection and preliminary approval of the topic should take place as early as possible. This is appropriate near the end of the student’s junior year but must be no later than the beginning of the senior year.
  2. A draft of the honors paper should be circulated to all faculties no later than the 1st of March of the student’s graduation year.
  3. The presentation of the research and the examination should take place no later than April 1st of the graduation year.
  4. The paper must be submitted to the Department in final approved form no later than April 30th of the graduation year

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