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1. How is your honors degree program administered? Is there a specific
person who acts as coordinator? Is there a faculty committee?
Della Cook is responsible for the honors advising in the department.
2. What are the requirements for admission into your honors program?
How are students recruited for your program? May students recommend
For admission into the honors program, the department requires an
outstanding academic record, a minimum GPA of 3.3, and a strong interest
in a specific area of study. Honors students are tutored by a faculty
member on a research project that must be approved before enrollment in
3. How does a student graduate with honors from your department?
Honors students enroll in A399 (Honors Tutorial in Anthropology). They
graduate after submission of a report (about 50 pages) on their
individual research project. A one-hour oral examination is administered
regarding the thesis by a three member committee with whom the student
has worked in conducting the research. The report should be of the length
and style of a submission to an appropriate anthropology journal.
4. What is the nature of the senior project and what are the
requirements for completing it?
The senior project is an original piece of library or fieldwork research,
and has to be completed according to conditions defined in answer #3. Many research projects have used collections in the Department of
Anthropology, CRAFT, or the Mathers Museum.
5. Are there departmental resources available to support internships or
research projects related to the senior project?
The department may support the senior project through internships as an
assistant to a faculty member.
6. How might the work required for an honors degree be particularly
beneficial in future endeavors?
Work required for earning a honors degree should encourage students to
pursue their academic studies in graduate school. It is a good
preliminary training for professional research and allows students to
deepen their interest in a specific area of study. The faculty tutor can
advise about choosing a graduate program and applying for admission and
funding. Many students have presented their research at professional
meetings, and several projects have resulted in publications.