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The Departmental Honors program in Anthropology aims to provide ambitious students the opportunity to do independent research in the form of a senior thesis. It is a two-semester program in which students conduct research and write up their results under the supervision of a faculty member. Students spend the first semester doing their research and outlining their thesis while enrolled in ANT 679HA. During the second semester, in ANT 679HB, students complete their thesis. Throughout the year, Honors students meet individually with an anthropology professor who has agreed to act as their thesis supervisor.

Application Process

Students should apply to the Honors program no later than two semesters prior to graduation. In most cases, students will submit the first part of their application during the Spring semester of their third year. Once students have been provisionally accepted to the Honors program, they may register for ANT 679HA for the Fall semester. To complete their application and continue in the Honors Program, students must submit the second part of the honors application by the first day of Fall semester classes. Students interested in starting the Honors program in Spring semester should contact the Undergraduate Advisor or the Honors Advisor for information about application deadlines.

Acceptance Requirements

  • UT GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Anthropology GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Upper-division standing
  • Strong interest in anthropology as demonstrated by previous coursework
  • Submission of the Honors Application - Part 1 (Priority Deadline: April 14, 2022; Final Deadline: August 25, 2022)
  • Submission of the Honors Application - Part 2 (Deadline: August 22, 2022)
  • Approval from an Anthropology professor willing to supervise the thesis
  • Consent of the Honors Advisor

To earn “Special Honors in Anthropology”, students must:

  • Maintain UT GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Maintain Anthropology GPA of 3.5 or better
  • Complete ANT 679HA Honors Tutorial Course: Readings with a grade of A-
  • Complete ANT 679HB Honors Tutorial Course: Thesis with a grade of A-
  • Complete an Honors Thesis approved by your supervisor and a second reader
  • Give a public presentation of a synopsis of your thesis
  • Receive approval from the anthropology department honors advisor

Those considering the Departmental Honors program may consult the Undergraduate Advisor for advice on preparation and scheduling. We encourage interested students to take upper-division courses and seminars as soon as their schedules and preparation permit. Writing-intensive courses are also strongly encouraged. For more information, contact the Honors Advisor, Professor Chris Kirk.

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