The S/A Major with Honors: Writing an honors thesis offers students the opportunity to execute a substantial independent research project and to be considered for a Bachelor's Degree with Honors by the Department of Sociology/Anthropology. This option is open to outstanding students who wish to further disciplinary knowledge and skills developed in S/A and may be particularly attractive for students who intend to enter graduate school in sociology or anthropology. The S/A honors thesis is a long-term project that takes two semesters, usually the final two semesters before graduation, and will require you to work with a current member of the S/A faculty who will serve as your project advisor (they need not be the same person as your major advisor). If you are interested in the major with honors option and would like more information about procedures, please contact a faculty member or the department chair. And for specific information on grade point average requirements as well as course work required please consult the current catalog pages under S/A major with honors.
Students will normally have completed their methods and at least one of the theory requirements by the end of their junior year and will submit a letter of intention to participate in the Honors Program at that time.
In addition to the major with honors there are also two honor societies affiliated with the department. These are Alpha Kappa Delta (sociology) and Lambda Alpha (anthropology). Both these organizations provide recognition for outstanding scholarship within their respective fields and give students a more active role in pursuing professional goals.
Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Delta, founded in 1928, is the international honor society in Sociology and has many chapters around the world. The local AKD chapter, Kappa of Minnesota, was established in 1995 and is committed to the ideals of scholarship as a means to serve humanity. Students in AKD travel to sociology conferences, engage in peer tutoring for all departmental students, and a number of other endeavors.
For eligibility requirements or any further information please contact the faculty advisor Dr. Jenner.
Lambda Alpha Anthropology Honor Society
Lambda Alpha, founded in 1968, serve to promote and recognize superior scholarship in anthropology. It provides students a better understanding and appreciation of anthropology as an academic discipline and a forum of applied learning for the benefit of all peoples. The name Lambda Alpha is composed of the initial letters of the Greek words LOGOS ANTHROPOU, meaning "The Study of Humans."
For eligibility requirements or any further information please contact the faculty advisor Dr. Giesler.