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REQUIREMENTS

Minimum number of credits (unless otherwise stated)
The course selection for the program must satisfy the following requirements:

  • 300- and 400-level courses in other departments (subject to departmental approval) (max. 9 credits)
  • 200-level courses (max. 21 credits)
  • Core courses 350-level (9 credits)
  • 400-level courses in Anthropology (9 credits)
  • Honours thesis (6 credits)

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 ( [ CourseLink("ANTH 352"); ] or [ CourseLink("ANTH 359"); ] ), two courses dealing with social and cultural theory ( [ CourseLink("ANTH 308"); ] , [ CourseLink("ANTH 314"); ] , [ CourseLink("ANTH 320"); ] , [ CourseLink("ANTH 324"); ] , [ CourseLink("ANTH 333"); ] , [ CourseLink("ANTH 355"); ] and [ CourseLink("ANTH 412"); ] ), one course in anthropological research ( [ CourseLink("ANTH 358"); ] ), one course in research methods ( [ CourseLink("ANTH 357"); ] or [ CourseLink("ANTH 461"); ] ) and one course in quantitative methods ( [ CourseLink("GEOG 202"); ] , [ CourseLink("SOCI 350"); ] , [ CourseLink("PSYC 204"); ] , [ CourseLink("ECON 317"); ] , or [ CourseLink("MATH 203"); ] ) 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-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 ( [ CourseLink("ANTH 490"); ] A or [ CourseLink("ANTH 491"); ] B) or in two consecutive terms ( [ CourseLink("ANTH 492"); ] D1 and [ CourseLink("ANTH 492"); ] D2).

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