Social Anthropology

Basic Requirements: 10 half-courses

  1. Required courses: Eight half-courses plus tutorials (see item 2).

    1. Entry course: May be Anthropology 1600 or other designated social anthropology entry course.

    2. One half-course in ethnographic methods: May be Anthropology 1610 or other course with Head Tutor approval, including an appropriate individual Anthropology 91zr course.

    3. Four additional social anthropology courses, any level.

    4. One additional anthropology course, any wing (social anthropology, biological anthropology, or archaeology).

    5. One related course: One half-course in any social sciences field or advanced foreign language. Students may substitute a relevant course in humanities or science fields with approval from the Head Tutor for Social Anthropology.

  2. Tutorials:

    1. Anthropology 97z: Sophomore Tutorial, spring term. Letter-graded.

    2. Anthropology 98z: Junior Tutorial. A selection of courses offered each year, usually in the fall term. Taught by advanced graduate students or faculty. Letter-graded.

  3. Thesis: None.

  4. General Examination: None.

  5. Other information:

    1. Pass/Fail: One half-course may be taken Pass/Fail and counted for concentration credit. This will ordinarily be in the related course category. All anthropology tutorials are letter-graded.

    2. Languages: The department itself has no language requirement. However, the importance of modern languages for research in all branches of anthropology cannot be too highly stressed. Concentrators who expect to do work in anthropology beyond the AB degree are most strongly urged to develop their language skills as undergraduates.

    3. Statistics: Competence in handling quantitative data is extremely important in anthropological research, and such competence is best obtained through formal training in statistics.

    4. Study Abroad: We especially encourage students' participation in study abroad programs or internships, through which they can get their own cross-cultural experience. If a student has received Harvard degree credit for courses taken in a Harvard-approved overseas studies program, that student may petition the Social Anthropology head tutor for permission to count these courses toward the requirements of the Social Anthropology concentration. Ordinarily up to two courses per semester may be counted for concentration credit.

Social Anthropology Requirements for Honors Eligibility: 12 half-courses

THESIS TRACK (Honors, High Honors, and Highest Honors attainable)

  1. Required courses: Same as Basic Requirements.

  2. Tutorials:

  3.     a-b. Same as Basic Requirements, plus

    1. Senior year: Anthropology 99 (full course individual tutorial, letter-graded), culminating in the submission of a senior thesis.

    2. Oral Examination: Ordinarily a defense of the thesis.

  4. Thesis: Required.

  5. General Examination: None.

  6. Other information: Same as Basic Requirements.

NONTHESIS TRACK (Honors; not eligible for High or Highest Honors)

All graduating seniors in social anthropology who are not thesis candidates may be considered for a non-thesis honors recommendation of Honors (but not High or Highest Honors), provided that their concentration grade point averages calculated at the end of their next to last terms are among the highest twenty-five percent of non-thesis candidates in their graduating class in social anthropology.