Senior Thesis Option
The Department of Anthropology offers students the option of completing a senior thesis. The senior thesis is not a task to be undertaken lightly. Generally, the thesis option is for those students who in the course of their undergraduate careers have developed a deep and sustained interest in a particular topic of anthropological interest. A thesis topic may be developed independently by the student or it may be linked to the on-going research project of a faculty member. It is assumed that a student undertaking a thesis already possesses a level of competence and independence well beyond that required for the completion of established courses. Of special importance is a student's ability to independently conduct library research in order to establish what has previously been written regarding their topic. It is also assumed that the student has given careful thought to choosing a thesis advisor based on knowledge of the areas of expertise and interest possessed by members of the faculty in the Department of Anthropology. Senior Thesis Planning should begin in the Junior Year.