Students interested in conducting independent scholarly research in Biological Anthropology and who qualify (have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher) are encouraged to consider writing an honors thesis in Evolutionary Anthropology. Previous participation in the College Honors program is not a prerequisite for graduating with honors. Seniors admitted to the honors major conduct research during their senior year under the supervision of two faculty members: the honors advisor in the subfield and a thesis advisor who works with the student on his/her individual research project.

Honors intent form and course sequence

During the junior year, students interested in honors should meet with the undergraduate advisor and the honors advisor in Evolutionary Anthropology to discuss their plans for an honors research project. Students will submit an intent form briefly discussing their thesis research interests. The intent form for honors in anthropology is available from the undergraduate advisor and due on or around March 15th. Note: requests will be considered after this deadline, but you must meet with an advisor as soon as possible after this deadline.

During the senior year, students will enroll in the honors independent study course for biological anthropology (Anthrbio 398). This course is focused on helping students design, conduct, and complete their honors thesis research. At the end of the senior year, students will participate in a poster session on their thesis research.


For more information about honors in anthropology, contact: John Kingston, jkingst@umich.edu