SENIOR HONORS THESIS
Completion of a senior honors thesis is optional although highly
encouraged if students hope to pursue a graduate career in Anthropology
related disciplines. If you are
interested in pursuing a senior thesis, please keep the following
guidelines and timeline in mind:
1. Students must apply for the honors thesis sequence during their
2. Eligible students must have at least a 3.5 GPA in anthropology.
3. Applications consist of a statement of the research project written
student, and a statement agreeing to supervise the student written by a
full-time faculty member in anthropology.
4. Applications are submitted to the chair for approval or disapproval.
5. Approval is contingent on the students' satisfactory progress toward
completion of the degree AND the thesis, and if such progress is not
demonstrated, approval can be withdrawn based on the recommendation of
student's advisor or the Senior Honors Thesis Committee, and approval
FIRST SEMESTER SENIOR YEAR: ENROLL IN ANTH 395 - INDEPENDENT STUDY
1. Students enroll in an independent study (ANTH 395) with their
2. The advisors and the students agree on goals for the semester.
3. The advisors and the students agree on an appropriate "summative
experience" for evaluation at the end of the semester (e.g., research
report, annotated bibliography, etc.).
4. Enrollment in ANTH 390 is contingent on successful completion of
SECOND SEMESTER SENIOR YEAR: ENROLL IN ANTH 390 - HONORS
1. A completed draft of the thesis, between 20 and 100 pages in length,
including all relevant tables, figures, maps, and references, must be
to the student's advisor and to two readers by the 8th week of the
2. The advisor and two readers have two weeks to read and comment on
3. The readers and advisor assign one of the following grades to the
(B or better in ANTH 390 =
4. In the event of a conditional pass or no pass, the person assigning
grade must state IN WRITING his or her criticisms and suggestions. The
then is expected to make the recommended corrections.
5. In the event of a conditional pass, the advisor determines whether
student has met the conditions. The individual who made the conditions
in this process if he or she wishes, but is not obligated to do so
reader need not read the thing again).
6. In the event of a "no pass," the advisor and whoever did not pass
the thesis must read the revised version in order to assign it a new
the thesis is still not satisfactory for at least a conditional pass,
student is denied honors and does not pass the course.
7. By the end of the semester, the student must deposit the finished,
copy of the thesis with signature page at the department office. This
be printed on 100% cotton fiber paper, and must follow the guidelines
dissertations and thesis determined by UMI.
DUTIES OF THE ADVISER
1. To ensure satisfactory progress toward completion of the thesis.
2. To ensure the thesis has a thesis.
3. To ensure a consistent, understandable citation style in the thesis.
4. To provide regular feedback to the student during the process of
researching the thesis.
5. To meet all the obligations of a reader.
DUTIES OF THE TWO READERS
1. To promptly evaluate the quality of the thesis and assign a grade
distinction, pass, conditional pass, no pass).
2. To make recommendations for revision, if necessary.
3. To ensure the thesis has a thesis.
4. To ensure a consistent, understandable citation style.
5. To read the thesis a second time if assigning a grade of no pass.
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