Anthropology concentrators pursue a diverse range of topics and places that covers every time period from the pre-historical to the present, and every major world area. Recent senior honors thesis have investigated:
- Female genital cutting in Eritrea
- Role of rings in Medieval England
- The Detroit water shutoffs
- Native Hawaiian identity
- Literature’s evolving role in the digital age
- Femininity in Japan
- Sexual and Reproductive Health-Rights in the Nonprofit Industrial Complex
- Injury law in the United States
The requirements for honors eligibility are distinguished by program. In Social Anthropology certain honors recommendations are possible without a thesis, but not to students pursuing the combined track in Archaeology and Social Anthropology. In Archaeology, honors recommendations require a thesis.
Honors Concentration Requirements
For Archaeology honors candidates (13 courses)
Basic Concentration Requirements:
- ANTH 98xb: Junior Tutorial in Archaeology, an individual Junior tutorial, normally taken spring term, in which students carry out study and research related to the preparation of the senior thesis.
- ANTH 99x: Thesis Tutorial in Archaeology, a full-year research and writing course, culminating in the submission of a senior thesis and related poster, followed by an oral presentation of and examination on the thesis.
For Social Anthropology honors candidates
Thesis Track (12 courses)
- Basic Concentration Requirements
- ANTH 99z: Senior Tutorial in Social Anthropology, a full-year writing workshop, culminating in the submission of a senior thesis and an oral thesis examination.
Non-Thesis Track (10 courses)
All graduating seniors in Social Anthropology who are not thesis candidates may be considered for a non-thesis honors recommendation of Honors, provided that their concentration grade point averages calculated at the end of their next to last terms are among the highest twenty-five percent of non-thesis candidates in their graduating class in Social Anthropology. To be considered for a High or Highest Honors recommendation in Anthropology, a student must complete a thesis, in addition to the requirements specified above.
For Combined Archaeology and Social Anthropology honors candidates
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.