Undergraduate Program Requirements
TEN courses are required for a concentration in anthropology of which at least EIGHT must be beyond 200. These TEN courses must include the following:
- ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology, normally taken BEFORE the Spring semester of the sophomore year
- ANT 201 Theory and Method in Anthropology, normally taken in the Spring of the freshman or sophomore years (ANT 101 will be a prerequisite beginning in 2010)
- At least two of the core courses in anthropology: ANT 202 - 205
- One course that fulfills the Senior Requirement:
ANT 301-310 Advanced Topics
ANT 390 Supervised Teaching (for ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology only)
ANT 393 Honors Research in Anthropology
The Honors Program is for students who wish to deepen their concentration in anthropology through an extra 12 credits of research and coursework. Application to the honors program should be made during the junior year. Students must complete: 1) a substantial research project (a minimum of 4 credits of Honors Research) and 2) 8 credits of further coursework (as described below). Research projects may involve archival, library, and/or original ethnographic research; they may incorporate research conducted during study abroad or summer field schools.
A student wishing to graduate with Honors in Anthropology must fulfill the normal requirements of the undergraduate concentration. In addition, he or she must do the following:
- Maintain a GPA of 3.7 or higher in courses completed at the University of Rochester for the anthropology major, including courses completed for Honors as listed below.
- Submit Part I of the application no later than April 15th of the Spring semester of their Junior year and obtain the signature of a departmental faculty member who has agreed to supervise her or his Honors research project. Another member of the anthropology faculty must also agree to serve as a secondary reader for the project at this time. (Application forms will be available in the Departmental Office, Lattimore 440.) Faculty supervisors will assume responsibility for advising the student on his or her research and evaluating the final project.
- Complete a third core course in anthropology (ANT 202-205). An advanced topic seminar (30x) may be substituted for one core course in Junior or Senior year.
- Submit Part II of the application, including a project proposal, to the departmental faculty member who has agreed to supervise her or his Honors research project no later than the third Friday of September, Fall semester of the Senior year. Acceptance into the Honors Program is subject to review by departmental committee. (Proposal forms will be available in the Departmental Office).
- Complete a minimum of 4 credits of ANT 393, “Honors Research in Anthropology.” (These credits may be distributed between the Fall semester and Spring semester of the Senior year.) A student enrolls for these credits with his or her faculty supervisor.
- Complete 4 credits of elective anthropology at the 200 level or higher. These credits may include ANT 393 credits above the minimum of 4. Independent study credits are also acceptable.
- Submit to her or his faculty supervisor and secondary reader an acceptable Honors research project by April 1st of the Senior year, and present and defend the project at a colloquium open to all faculty and students in the Department of Anthropology. Projects usually take the form of a thesis of approximately 10,000 to 15,000 words; the thesis ought to be of at least A- quality. Projects may also be completed in non-print media, such as video, with the approval of the student’s supervisor. The supervisor and second reader, in consultation with the department faculty, will decide the award of an honors degree.
Achievement of a grade point average for the courses required of concentrators, not including courses in the allied field(s), as follows:
High Distinction: 3.60
Highest Distinction: 3.80
Six courses in anthropology are required.
- ANT 101 Cultural Anthropology
- Two of the following courses in anthropology: ANT 201-205
- Three additional courses in anthropology, two of which must be beyond 200
Six courses are required.
- Two of the following courses in anthropology: ANT 202-205
- Three of the following courses in medical anthropology: ANT 101, 102, 216, 218, 220, 278.
- Any one additional course in anthropology.
SUGGESTED PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR MAJORS
Freshmen who are interested in anthropology should take ANT 101 in the Fall or Spring semesters. The department also offers many electives that are open to freshmen at both the 100 and 200 levels. ANT 201 will be offered each Spring and it is suggested for students who have completed ANT 101 and are considering a concentration in anthropology.
Sophomores who have not taken ANT 101 as freshmen should complete ANT 101 by the end of the Fall semester. Those who are planning to go abroad as juniors should enroll in ANT 201 in the Spring. Core and elective classes at the 200 level are open to sophomores.
Juniors should enroll in core courses or electives at the 200 level. Some may wish to apply to be a Teaching Assistant in ANT 101. Many anthropology students study abroad for a semester or more. The number of study abroad credits earned that count towards the major varies. Consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies before you go abroad.
Complete the Senior Requirement along with any core or elective requirements that have yet to be completed.