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Honors Program

Anthropology

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy offers an honors program to anthropology majors seeking independent research opportunities. Students considering graduate school in Anthropology are particularly encouraged to pursue this option.

In order to qualify for entry into the honors program, students must have:

  1. Completed at least 60 credits
  2. Earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0
  3. Completed at least three upper level courses in Anthropology
  4. Earned a cumulative GPA in Sociology and Anthropology courses of 3.5

In order to graduate with an honors degree, the student must have:

  1. Completed all requirements for the major
  2. Achieved an overall GPA of 3.0
  3. Achieved a GPA of 3.5 in Sociology and Anthropology courses combined
  4. Taken at least 16 credits in Sociology and Anthropology courses at UMBC
  5. Completed ANTH 401H and 402H
  6. Completed an approved Honor’s Thesis

The honors program consists of a two-course individual study sequence (ANTH 401H and ANTH 402H- Honors Thesis Research I and II, 3 credits each), in which the student completes a research project, called an Honors Thesis under the supervision of two full-time faculty members in the department who will serve as the Honors Committee.

The first step in entering the honors program is to recruit two faculty members (assistant professors, associate professors, or full professors) to agree to serve as Honors Committee members. To do this, students are encouraged to speak with faculty with whom they have already taken courses. They should consider what area of Anthropology interests them most.  See here for listings of all full-time faculty members and their interests. See here for complete details on the Honors Program in Anthropology.

Sociology

The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Health Administration and Policy offers an honors program to sociology majors seeking independent research opportunities. Students should apply for admission to the honors program in their junior year.

In order to qualify for entry into the honors program, student must have:

  1. Completed at least 60 credits
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.3
  3. At least three upper level courses in Sociology or Anthropology, including SOCY 300, with a cumulative GPA in those courses of 3.3

In order to graduate with an honors degree, the student must have:

  1. Completed all requirements for the major
  2. A 3.3 GPA overall
  3. A 3.3 GPA in sociology and anthropology courses combined
  4. At least 16 credits in Sociology and Anthropology courses taken at UMBC
  5. Completed SOCY 401 and 402

The first step in entering the honors program is to find two faculty members in the department (assistant professors, associate professors, or full professors) who will serve as your Honors Committee. A good time to do this is in the first or early in the second semester of your junior year. It is helpful to complete SOCY 300 and SOCY 301 before beginning the honors program because your honors project will require a knowledge of sociological methods. See here for listings of all full-time faculty members and their interests. See here for complete details on the Honors Program in Sociology.