Sociology & Anthropology

Honours Program in Anthropology

The Honours Program in Anthropology at Mount Royal allows dedicated undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in independent research and in the production of an Honours thesis. Students who successfully complete the Honours Program will be well positioned to apply to graduate schools in Anthropology as some of these programs prefer, or require, an honours degree with a thesis component.

Application Process
As a first step, it is recommended that students meet with full-time Anthropology faculty well in advance of the application deadline to discuss possible Honours projects.
The Department of Sociology & Anthropology will advertise and conduct an informational workshop for students in early March. At this workshop the Departmental Honours programs and the application process will be described.
Students can obtain the Honours Package after March 01, from the Department of Sociology & Anthropology’s main office.

The Honours Package will contain the following:
- Honours Program in Anthropology: Information Brochure for Students.
- Application for Admission to the Honours Program in Anthropology
The deadline for submitting the completed application package is May 01 (normally in the year before the last year of their program). A copy of the student’s current Academic Transcript must be included in the package. At the time of submission (to the Department of Sociology & Anthropology’s main office), students would sign a document indicating that they have submitted their Honours application package.

Download a copy of this year's brochure and handbook.Eligibility and Continuation in the Honours Program
For graduation with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Anthropology, students should follow the calendar rules for the year they were officially admitted into the B.A. in Anthropology Program.

Specific Graduation Requirements: Courses
All students must meet the general graduation requirements for the Bachelor of Arts with Honours, as indicated in the General Graduation Requirements – Bachelor of Arts with Honours section in the Academic Calendar.

In addition, to graduate with an Anthropology Honours degree, students must meet the following graduation requirements.
1. Students must take a minimum of 20 ANTH courses (not including courses taken in fulfillment of the General Education requirements).
2. Students may take a maximum of 24 ANTH courses.
3. Students must take the following four 1000-level ANTH courses, which are introductions to the four fields in Anthropology:
     ANTH 1102 – Introduction to Biological Anthropology 
     ANTH 1103 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
     ANTH 1104 – Introduction to Archaeology
     ANTH 1106 – Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology

4. Students must take a minimum of 16 ANTH courses at the 2000-level or higher, including:
a) the following eight courses, some of which are prerequisites or strongly recommended for other upper-level ANTH courses:
     ANTH 2225 – Ancient Civilizations
     ANTH 2229 – Anthropology of “Race”
     ANTH 2241 – Ethnography in Anthropology
     ANTH 3305 – History of Anthropology
     ANTH 3307 – Statistics for Anthropology
     ANTH 4401 – Anthropological Theory
     ANTH 5110 – Research Design and Professional Development
     ANTH 5120 – Honours Thesis

b) eight additional senior-level ANTH courses, as follows:
- a minimum of four other ANTH courses at the 2000/3000-level, not including the required courses listed above;
- a minimum of any two of the following methods courses:
     ANTH 3201 – Lithic Analysis
     ANTH 3302 – Ethnographic Methods
     ANTH 3309 – Ceramic Analysis
     ANTH 3321 – Human Osteology
     ANTH 3342 – Anthropology Perspectives on Discourse Tactics
- a minimum of two other ANTH courses at the 4000-level (in addition to ANTH 4401 – Anthropological Theory)

Specific Eligibility and Continuance Requirements: GPA
The Arts Faculty stipulates specific eligibility and continuance GPA requirements. Honours disciplines have control over their own entrance and continuation standards and have additional requirements.

Arts Faculty GPA Requirements for Eligibility
In order to be eligible to be an Honours student in the Faculty of Arts, a student must have a GPA of at least a 3.00 across the last 10 courses completed at the time of application.

Anthropology Discipline GPA Requirements for Eligibility
To be admitted into the Anthropology Honours Program, a student must have a GPA of 3.30 across the last 10 Anthropology courses completed.

Arts Faculty GPA Requirements for Continuance
In the Faculty of Arts, students accepted into the Honours BA stream have the additional continuation requirement of maintaining a minimum of 3.00 on the 4-point grade scale (i.e., a minimum “B” grade) in each of the courses in their Honours discipline. Accordingly, students in the Anthropology Honours Program will be required to obtain a “B” or higher in each of their Anthropology courses, while enrolled in the Anthropology Honours Program.

Anthropology Discipline GPA Requirements for Continuance
To continue in the Honours Program, a student is required to maintain a GPA of 3.30 across their Anthropology courses each semester. Should a student drop below a GPA of 3.30 in her/his Anthropology courses in any semester while enrolled in the Honours Program, that student will revert to the Majors stream for a BA in Anthropology.

Application Review Process
After May 1, students who do not meet the set admission criteria will be informed by the Chair that their application to the Honours Program was unsuccessful.

Before May 15, the Anthropology Discipline’s full-time faculty members will review applications to decide which students will be accepted into the Anthropology Honours Program. Both the academic standing and the proposed thesis topic will be considered, with emphasis placed on the fit between the relevant research experience and interests of the supervisor and the proposed project. Each full-time faculty member can supervise a maximum of 2 students in the Honours Program each academic year.

Based on the decisions by the Anthropology Discipline, the “Application for the Admission to the Honours Stream Bachelor of Arts” form will be signed by the Chair and sent to the Dean’s office either with an acceptance or a rejection.

By June 01, The Anthropology coordinator will informally notify students who have been accepted into the Anthropology Honours Program.

The Arts Faculty office will provide the official letters of acceptance to students, who will then be provided direction to register in the Honours course for the fall.

Honours Courses
Honours students are required to take both Honours courses in Anthropology: ANTH 5110: Research Design and Professional Development and ANTH 5120: Honours Thesis. ANTH 5110 will be taken in the Fall and ANTH 5120 in the Winter.

Students in ANTH 5110 will complete a thesis proposal, presentation, and other related work. Students in ANTH 5120 will continue to work on their Honours project by analyzing and discussing the anthropological significance of their findings and complete the writing of their thesis.

The assigned supervisor is the primary person responsible for guiding the content, setting the assessment criteria (subject to Anthropology specific requirements), grading all work in ANTH 5110 and ANTH 5120 (including the thesis and the oral presentation of the proposal and thesis), and submitting final grades.

The Honours Writing Process
The supervisor is responsible in guiding and instructing her/his student/s in the research process.
The supervisor will be available to meet with each student on a regular basis. As a guideline, a meeting will take place every one or two weeks.
The supervisor will advise the student on the establishment of a realistic timeline for the completion of the various steps involved in their thesis research.
If a Reader or Adjunct is required or desired, s/he will provide specialized knowledge, research stimulus, guidance, and feedback on a regular or occasional basis to help students design, and carry out their thesis research. His or her role is supplementary to that of the supervisor. A Reader or Adjunct is not involved in formally assigning grades to a student’s work in ANTH 5110 or ANTH 5120.