Anthropology Honors Program and Senior Paper


Honors Program

The honors program in Anthropology provides eligible Anthropology majors with an opportunity to conduct original ethnographic, field, laboratory, or library-based research under the guidance of an Anthropology faculty member. All Anthropology majors are urged to consider applying to the departmental honors program in Anthropology. Interested Anthropology majors of junior standing may apply for admission to the honors program by applying first in Axess, submitting an honors application form, including a research topic/title of the proposed honors project, a two page abstract/proposal, a transcript, and a letter of reference from their faculty or honors adviser to the undergraduate student services specialist on or by February 15th in the junior year. Department majors are eligible to apply for honors candidacy with a 3.4 GPA in the department major, a 3.0 GPA in overall course work, and with no more than one incomplete listed on the transcript at the time of application. Students must confirm Honors eligibility status on or by May 7, 2014. If ineligible, students must withdraw their application to the Honors Program. Students interested in the Honors Program are encouraged to apply for summer research funding through the Department of Anthropology, Undergraduate Advising and Research, and area studies centers. This process requires planning as the Spring Quarter research deadline falls before the honors application due date. In most case, honors students apply for such funding early in the junior year.


Senior Paper

The senior paper program in Anthropology provides majors the opportunity to conduct original research under the guidance of an Anthropology faculty member. All Anthropology majors are encouraged to write a senior paper. Interested Anthropology majors of junior standing may apply to the senior paper program by submitting a senior paper application form, including a research topic/title of the proposed senior paper project, a two page abstract/proposal, and a letter of reference from their faculty adviser to the undergraduate student service specialist on or by February 15th in the junior year. Enrollment in ANTHRO 95, Research in Anthropology, is recommended during Autumn and Winter quarters of the senior year. Students must enroll in ANTHRO 95B, Honors or Senior Paper, in the final quarter of the undergraduate degree program before graduating. The senior paper is submitted in the final quarter before graduation. For more information, see the Undergraduate Student Services Specialist.


Applicants must submit the following:

  • Honors or Senior Paper Application form (see Undergraduate Forms and Documents)
  • Two-page abstract/proposal
  • Relevant transcripts (for Honors Program applicants only)
  • Letter of recommendation from faculty advisor

Course

  1. Required Courses--
    1. The theory and methods course appropriate to the student's chosen emphasis of study.
    2. ANTHRO 95B. Senior Paper is required in the final quarter of the student's B.A. degree program. Senior papers with a letter grade of 'A-' may be awarded departmental honors. Honors students may enroll for a minimum of 5 units and up to a maximum of 10 units.
  2. Optional Courses--
    1. ANTHRO 92. Undergraduate Research Proposal Writing Workshop
    2. ANTHRO 93. Prefield Research Seminar
    3. ANTHRO 94. Postfield Seminar is given in Autumn Quarter only. Student researchers may choose to enroll in ANTHRO 94 or to attend Summer Honors College in the summer following their junior year.
    4. ANTHRO 95A. Research in Anthropology is recommended during Autumn and Winter quarters of the senior year.
    5. ANTHRO 199: Senior and Master's Paper Writing Workshop (ANTHRO 299)