Department of Anthropology

Departmental Honors

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 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.

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.

Students should apply no later than two semesters prior to graduation. In most cases, students will apply during the spring semester of their third year.

Department of Anthropology Honors Program Application

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
  • Recommendation from an Anthropology professor willing to supervise the thesis
  • Consent of the Undergraduate Advisor and Chair for the Department of Anthropology

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-
  • Give satisfactory performance on a comprehensive oral examination centered on the thesis