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Honours students must maintain a GPA of 3.50 in their program courses and, according to Faculty regulations, a minimum CGPA of 3.00 in general.

Required Course (6 credits)

Honours students select their courses as specified below. Students may take a maximum of 9 credits at the 300 and 400 level offered by other departments if they are directly related to their focus of study within Anthropology and are approved by their departmental program adviser.


200/300 Level
A maximum of 36 credits of 200- and 300-level courses (of which a maximum of 21 credits may be at the 200 level and a maximum of 6 credits may be Special Topic courses.)


Core (350 Level)
A minimum of 9 credits of core courses at the 350 level selected from:


400/500 Level
A minimum of 9 credits of Anthropology (ANTH) courses at the 400- or 500-level, and a maximum of 3 credits can be a Special Topic course.


Nine of the 60 credits of the Honours program can be courses at the 300 level or above given by other departments, if they are directly related to the student's focus of study within Anthropology and are approved by the student's adviser on the Undergraduate Committee of the Anthropology Department.

Each student has the opportunity to construct within the Honours program a concentration focused on a particular field of interest, such as prehistory and evolution, cultural systems, social and political organization, or on a particular geographical area, such as Africa, North America, Central and South America, Mediterranean, Middle East, South, East or Southeast Asia. A single paper may be submitted for two courses at the 300-level or above, provided that prior written permission has been received from the professors teaching both courses. It is expected that such papers would be more substantial than one submitted for either course.

In the first year of the program, students should take introductory courses from a range of topics available at the 200-level. Some 300-level courses may also be taken. The objective of the first year is the development of a grasp of the scope of the anthropological discipline, and an exposure to a broad selection of topics.

In the second year of the program, students should acquire knowledge of anthropological theories and methods, primarily by taking core courses and other relevant offerings. They should also begin to consider a substantive topic and geographical region of specialization.

The third year of the program should advance the process of specialization within the discipline, through 400-level seminars and preparing an Honours Thesis, based on independent research. Permission of an adviser is necessary in order to register for an Honours Thesis in the fall, so students should approach staff before that time to discuss possible topics and gain approval. The required thesis must be a six-credit course. It may be completed in a single term ( ANTH 490 - Honours Thesis ) or in two consecutive terms ( ANTH 490D1 - Honours Thesis and ANTH 490D2 - Honours Thesis ).