The department offers an intensive and personalized graduation with distinction program to qualified seniors. Admission to the program requires:
- 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.3 grade point average in the major, both of which must be maintained to graduation
- Enrollment in the senior seminars, Cultural Anthropology 195S and Cultural Anthropology 196S, in the fall and spring of their senior year, where they will learn about research methods and prepare a thesis
- Senior thesis on a topic of a student’s own choice in close collaboration with members of the Cultural Anthropology faculty is required.
Qualified juniors will be notified each year by the director of undergraduate studies about their eligibility.
The student forms a supervisory committee for the thesis during the fall of the senior year. It should consist of three faculty members who offer the student advice and support in preparing the thesis. At least two of the members must be faculty from the Cultural Anthropology department. Due in April of the senior year, the thesis must be judged to be of at least B+ quality by the student’s supervisory committee to receive distinction. In addition, the student must pass an oral examination on the thesis, which is given upon its completion by the supervisory committee.