The Anthropology Department requires adherence to the timetable described below:
December 1 of junior year
Obtain consent of a tenured or tenure-eligible faculty member of the Anthropology Department to serve as the Thesis Director. The student must discuss the problem definition, theoretical approach, appropriate methodology, preliminary bibliography, and the preparation of the proposal with the Director. Guidelines for the proposal are available here:
In addition, examples of successful honors proposal from the previous year(s) may be consulted; these can be found either in the department office or by contacting the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
February 1 of junior year
The student submits the proposal, together with the Charles Center cover sheet, signed by the Director, to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, via email, by 5pm. By this same deadline, the Thesis Director submits via email a letter to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, outlining the merits and significance of the student's proposed honors project. The Director of Undergraduate Studies shares both documents with the Undergraduate Committee.
February 15 of junior year
The Director of Undergraduate Studies reports the Undergraduate Committee's proposal evaluation to the student, via email. The Undergraduate Committee's evaluation will consist either of an outline of specific points and/or concerns that need attention, or a statement approving the proposal. Students are invited to revise and resubmit those proposals that require further work.
March 1 of junior year
Students who wish to revise and resubmit their proposals submit them, via email by 5pm, to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.
March 10 of junior year
The Director of Undergraduate Studies reports the Undergraduate Committee's proposal evaluation to the student, via email. The Undergraduate Committee's evaluation in this second round will determine whether the student may go forward with the honors project. For those students whose projects are approved, the Charles Center, not the student, will register the student for the honors course, Anthropology 495.
August of Senior Year
Those students approved as Honors candidates begin Anthropology 495.
Fall Semester of Senior Year
Research and Writing.
Honors students are strongly encouraged to hold regular meetings with, and seek advice of, the Thesis Director. The candidate will pursue a systematic program of theoretical exploration, methodological development, primary data collection, data analysis, and writing. It is the candidate who bears the responsibility for the successful completion of the year's project.
Dec. 1 of Senior Year
Submit the Examining Committee membership recommendations to the Undergraduate Committee and obtain the Committee's approval. If obtained, the Undergraduate Committee appoints the members of the Examining Committee. The student should discuss with each examiner his or her Honors project, its aims, theoretical perspectives, methods, fieldwork, and the materials. The Department, not the student, submits the final list of the examiners to Charles Center.
The End of Fall Semester
Completion of preliminary research and submission of progress report. A candidate who successfully completes Honors 495 receives a grade of "G" at the end of the first term of the project. If it becomes evident before the end of the first term that the student will not complete the project, the student and the Thesis Director must either 1) withdraw the student from Honors 495; or 2) change the Honors 495 designation to an appropriate alternative, such as independent study. The Thesis Director must notify the Undergraduate Committee as soon as the decision is made.
Early Spring Semester
Writing and editing of the thesis. Students are strongly encouraged to seek advice of the Thesis Director and other experts in writing and editing various versions of the draft Honors Thesis.
March 1 of Senior Year
Submit the first draft to the Thesis Director at this point (or on a date set by the Thesis Director). The Thesis Director may request editing in order to correct any problems.
April 2 of Senior Year
The completed draft of the thesis must be approved by the Thesis Director and submitted to the other members of the Examining Committee. Between April 2 and mid-April, necessary changes and editing must be completed.
Mid-April of Senior Year (Two weeks before the last day of classes of the student's graduating semester.)
Submit the completed Honors Thesis to the Examining Committee.
Late April of the Senior Year The Oral Examination.
The awarding of Honors and of the spring semester grade are made by the Examining Committee on the basis of the candidate's thesis and performance on an oral examination. If upon completion of the oral defense the Examining Committee determines that the thesis does not merit Honors, the committee must change Honors 495 and 496 to appropriate alternatives and award the student grades for these courses. The Thesis Director must notify the Undergraduate Director and the Charles Center. Thus, under no circumstances may Honors 495 and/or 496 remain on the transcript of a student who is not awarded Honors by the Examining Committee.