The Department of anthropology offers student two opportunities to graduate with honors. The procedures and eligibility requirements for these two types of honors differ (see below). Students can and often do pursue both kinds of honors if they are eligible.
1) Completion of an honors thesis:
Motivated anthropology majors who are eligible may develop and pursue independent research on a topic of their own interest that may be drawn from any sub-field within the discipline. Students must spend at least two semesters researching, reading about, and writing a thesis focused on an anthropologically relevant topic. Research must include both fieldwork (ethnographic, archaeological, physical anthropological, or linguistic) and a literature review.
Only declared anthropology majors meeting the following criteria can begin work on an anthropology honors thesis: Members of Lambda Alpha, the national anthropology honor society, are automatically eligible. Those who have obtained a GPA of 3.33 in anthropology and a 3.0 overall by the end of their junior year are also eligible. Others who are close to meeting these eligibility requirements and who can demonstrate focus, drive, and a sincere desire to work on an honors thesis can petition the department by the end of their junior year (consult with your advisor).
2) Membership in Lambda Alpha, the national honors society
Every spring the department identifies eligible students and invites them to become members of the national anthropology honor society, Lambda Alpha. Eligibility is as follows: Student must have completed at least four anthropology courses, be a junior anthropology major or minor, have at least a 3.5 average in anthropology, have at least a 3.33 average overall, and be in the top 35 percent of his or her graduating class.