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Senior Guidelines

1. Senior Seminar

In general, senior anthropology majors are expected to take the senior seminar (Anthropology 301) in the first semester of their senior year.

2. Senior Thesis

A senior thesis is not a graduation requirement in the Anthropology Department. Ordinarily, students should have a GPA of 3.7 or above to propose a thesis.

  1. Thesis Proposal
    1. Thesis proposals and bibliographies should be handed in by May 15th for an A semester thesis, or the week after October break for a B semester thesis.
    2. The proposal should contain a succinct statement of the project, a discussion of the student's preparation to undertake the thesis and a comprehensive bibliography.
    3. Petitions will be considered by the department as a whole.
  2. Thesis Approval
    The department will inform the student whether permission to write a senior thesis will be granted. Students receiving approval should confirm their two thesis readers with the department chair.
  3. Thesis Deadlines
    1. Thesis proposals and bibliographies should be handed in May 15th for an A semester thesis, or the week after October break for a B semester thesis.
    2. The first draft of the thesis is due Friday after mid-semester break.
    3. Final drafts are due a week before classes end in the term the thesis is being written.