Sociology-Anthropology Joint Honours

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

The Sociology-Anthropology Honours can be declared when the student is ready to enroll in the capstone course (either SA 450, 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 (30 units*) are:

SA 100W-4 Perspectives on Canadian Society
SA 101-4 Introduction to Anthropology
SA 150-4 Introduction to Sociology
SA 201W-4 Anthropology and Contemporary Life
SA 250-4 Introduction to Sociological Theory
SA 255-4 Introduction to Social Research Methods (Q)
SA 257-4 Understanding Quantitative Research in Sociology and Anthropology (Q)
A 200 level SA elective (4 units)

* Because most transferred courses are 3 units, and all SFU SA courses are 4 units, you may have completed the lower division required courses but be short of 32 units. If you are 1 or 2 units short, you will be able to declare. 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 Sociology-Anthropology Joint Honours degree can choose to complete an Honour's Essay project (SA 499) or to take either an  Advanced Anthropological or Sociological Theory class (SA 451 or 450) as the capstone to the Honours.

The Honours essay option upper division requirements (56 units*) are:

SA 301-4 Contemporary Ethnography
SA 350-4 Classical Sociological Thought
SA 355-4 Quantitative Methods
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 THREE of which must be A-designated, at least THREE of which must be S-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.c) 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 (56 units*) are:

SA 301-4 Contemporary Ethnography
SA 350-4 Classical Sociological Thought
SA 355-4 Quantitative Methods**
SA 356W-4 Ethnography & Qualitative Methods
SA 402-4 The Practice of Anthropology
SA 450-4 Advanced Sociological Theory OR SA 451-4 Issues on Anthropological Theory
Eight more upper division SA electives

Within the 56 upper units, at least 20 units must be A-designated and at least 20 units must be S-designated, and at least 12 units must be at the 400 level (that means you need total THREE 400 level course including SA 402 and SA 450 (or SA 451).

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

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.