Honors & Theses

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:

  • The relationship between the Boston Catholic Church and its Spanish-speaking members
  • Islamic Finance in Malaysia
  • A Cancer Ward in Kenya
  • Stigma in the Lives of Unmarried Women in Contemporary China
  • Challenges in Housing Rights Advocacy in Bolivia

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.

A Student's Guide to Reading and Writing in Social Anthropology 

Thesis Guidelines in Archaeology

Thesis Guidelines in Social Anthropology

 

Honors Concentration Requirements

For Archaeology honors candidates (12 courses)

  1. Basic Concentation Requirements
     
  2. ANTH 99: Thesis Tutorial in Anthropology, a full-year writing workshop, culminating in the submission of a senior thesis and an oral thesis examination.


For Social Anthropology honors candidates (12 courses)

  1. Basic Concentration Requirements
     
  2. ANTH 99: Thesis Tutorial in 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.