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 

 

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.