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REQUIREMENTS

Major Concentration in Anthropology (36 credits)

The course selection for the program must satisfy the following requirements:

Core courses: 9 credits from the following:

  • ANTH 352 Hist of Anthropological Theory 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ANTH 355 Theories of Culture & Society 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ANTH 357 Archaeological Methods 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ANTH 358 The Process of Anthro Research 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • ANTH 359 Hist of Archaeological Theory 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

400- and 500-level courses in Anthropology: 9 credits

Honours Thesis: 6 credits

300- and 400-level courses in other departments (subject to departmental approval): max. 9 credits

Complementary Anthropology courses (max. 21 credits at the 200-level)

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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.

The following guidelines represent an ideal program recommended, though not required, for Honours students. It is recommended that students gain a comprehensive background in anthropological methods and theory by taking one history of theory course ( ANTH 352 Hist of Anthropological Theory or ANTH 359 Hist of Archaeological Theory ), two courses dealing with social and cultural theory ( ANTH 308 Political Anthropology 01 , ANTH 314 Psychological Anthropology 01 , ANTH 320 Social Evolution , ANTH 324 course description not available , ANTH 333 course description not available , ANTH 355 Theories of Culture & Society and ANTH 412 Topics:Anthropological Theory ), one course in anthropological research ( ANTH 358 The Process of Anthro Research ), one course in research methods ( ANTH 357 Archaeological Methods or ANTH 461 Research Techniques ) and one course in quantitative methods ( GEOG 202 Statistics & Spatial Analysis , SOCI 350 Statistics in Social Research , PSYC 204 Intro to Psychological Stats , ECON 317 course description not available , or MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 ) for credit as an Anthropology course. In order to acquire a desirable regional background, students are encouraged to take two area courses, ideally pertaining to two distinct geographical concentrations.

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- and 500-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 ANTH 491 Joint Honours Thesis) or in two consecutive terms ( ANTH 492 course description not available D1 and ANTH 492 course description not available D2).

According to Faculty regulations, Honours students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 3.00 and maintain a minimum program CGPA of 3.3.