Anthropology Honours

Students wishing to complete an Honours BA must complete 120 units, 60 of which must be upper division.

The Anthropology Honours can be declared when the student is ready to enroll in the capstone course (either SA 451 or SA 499) and has a SA GPA and upper division SA GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students must have an overall GPA and upper division GPA of 3.0 in order to declare and complete an Honours program.

The lower division requirements (22 units*) are:

SA 101-4 Introduction to Anthropology
SA 150-4 Introduction to Sociology
SA 201W-4 Anthropology and Contemporary Life
SA 255-4 Introduction to Social Research Methods (Q)
SA 257-4 Understanding Quantitative Research in Sociology and Anthropology (Q)**
And one additional 200 level SA elective (4 units)

* If you are 3 or more units short, you will need to take another lower division SA course in order to declare.

Once you are declared in an SA program, you will have priority enrollment access to upper division courses.

Upper Division Honours Requirements

Students completing a Anthropology Honours degree can choose to complete an Honour's Essay project (SA 499) or to take an Advanced Anthropological Theory class (SA 451) as the capstone to the honours.

The Honours Essay option upper division requirements (48 units*) are:

SA 301-4 Contemporary Ethnography
SA 356W-4 Ethnography & Qualitative Methods
SA 402-4 The Practice of Anthropology
SA 499-8 Honours Essay**
Seven upper division SA electives, at least FIVE of which must be A-designated. You can see the SA courses listed by designation here.

*If you are short 3 or more units, you will need to take an additional upper division SA course.

**Prior approval: 4 weeks prior to the semester in which you plan on enrolling in SA 499, a proposal for a paper, a work plan and the confirmation of a faculty supervisor must be submitted to the SA advisor.  

The SA 499 project is an essay, 30-50 pages maximum. Department regulations require that the essay be examined by an additional SA faculty member. The name of this second examiner must be submitted to the undergraduate advisor (saadvise@sfu.ca) by the 10th week of the semester.

Defense of the essay will take place in camera with the essay supervisor and the second examiner in attendance. Students are expected to summarize their essay in a 10-15 minute introduction and to defend and elaborate on points raised in their essay. Performance in this oral examination is considered in the grade awarded.

The Honours Course-based option upper division requirements (48 units*) are:

SA 301-4 Contemporary Ethnography
SA 356W-4 Ethnography & Qualitative Methods
SA 402-4 The Practice of Anthropology
SA 451-4 Issues in Anthropological Theory
Eight upper division SA electives, at least four of which must be A-designated, and at least one of which must be at the 400 level. 

*If you are short 3 or more units, you will need to take an additional upper division SA

Notes:

No more than 4 units in Directed Readings may be used towards completion of this program.

No more than 15 upper division units transferred from another institution may be used towards fulfilling these requirements.

Your SA GPA and UD GPA must be 3.5 or higher for admission to and completion of this program.