Honors in Anthropology

There are two honors tracks that students may pursue at Appalachian State University: University Honors and Departmental Honors. These options are in addition to the Latin Honors (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude) conferred by the Registrar's Office (based solely on the overall GPA at the time of graduation). Eligible students are also encouraged to apply for membership with Lambda Alpha, the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology.

University Honors
University Honors is a vertical model curriculum that students pursue throughout their time at the university, as part of the residential Honors College program. Students must be admitted to the Honors College either as an incoming first year student or as an internal applicant (generally during the freshman or sophomore year). For more information, please visit http://honors.appstate.edu/

Department Honors
Department Honors focuses on the student's work in the major. Students are invited to join the departmental honors program in their sophomore or junior years. They must have a major GPA of at least 3.45 and take six hours of honors courses before enrolling in ANT 4510 (for which they will write an Honors Thesis). The completion of an Honors Thesis also fulfills the Senior Capstone requirement. 

The normal timeline to pursue this option is to identify a committee the second to last semester before graduation and to write the Honors Thesis in the last semester before graduation. With the help of the Departmental Honors Advisor, students will select a faculty mentor who will serve as the Honors Thesis Advisor, in addition to 1-2 additional readers. For more information, please contact Dr. Timothy J. Smith (smithtj2@appstate.edu)

Honors Contract Application

Honors Thesis Proposal Form

Lambda Alpha National Collegiate Honors Society
Lambda Alpha is the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology.  At Appalachian State University, we often have ten to twenty new members join each year.  Membership is open to students who have completed at least 12 semester hours of anthropology and who have a GPA in these courses of at least 3.0 and an overall GPA of at least 2.5.

Membership allows students to apply for an annual national scholarship of $5,000 graduate stipend and a $1,000 undergraduate stipend.  Lambda Alpha graduation stoles in white satin ($25) and cloisonné pins ($10) are also available for purchase by graduating seniors for commencement ceremonies.  New members will receive a certificate at the end-of-year departmental celebration for graduating seniors.

Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who meet the above requirements are eligible to apply for membership. If you would like to join, please see Amanda Perry in the Anthropology Office, 432 Anne Belk Hall, with a check (made out payable to “Lambda Alpha” for $25) by 5:00pm, Friday, March 31st.  If you are planning to graduate in May and would like to order pins/stoles for graduation, please indicate this as well. If you have any questions about the process, please email the faculty sponsor, Dr. Timothy J. Smith, at smithtj2@appstate.edu


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