Honours program

The honours program offers an opportunity to undertake, in the third and fourth years, a concentrated program designed especially for an individual students interests in anthropology.

The program centers upon Anthropology 499, a course entailing the completion of a supervised research project on a topic selected by the student (the honours essay) and attendance in the honours seminar. By undertaking the honours program, students receive training and qualifications superior to those in the regular anthropology degree program.

The conceptualization and completion of the honours essay, with associated fieldwork, data collection and interpretation, coursework, seminars, etc. is invaluable experience for those planning to apply to graduate school.

Why take an honours program?

Students planning a professional career should consider the department’s honours program. Entry into most graduate programs in anthropology and other social sciences is facilitated by completion of the honours program.  The program also provides some advantages in obtaining private and public sector employment.

The honours program is not only intended for prospective graduate students, but also to provide an intellectually satisfying program for those undergraduates with demonstrated intellectual curiosity and qualifications in anthropology.

Deadline: May 15 - Apply now.

Honours Advisor

Dr. Lisa Mitchell:


If you wish to do an Honours program, you are required to
  • The minimum criteria is ANTH 100 and a combined GPA of 6.5 in ANTH 200, 240, 250 and 260.
  • Permission of the department is required for entry into the third-year Honours program.
  • Students normally apply for entry into the Honours Program at the end of their second year.
  • Applications are made directly to the departmental Honours Adviser.

UVic calendar: Anthropology courses.

Third and Fourth Years

Honours students must:

  • secure a GPA of at least 6.0 in upper-level Anthropology courses and maintain a cumulative GPA of 5.5 to continue in the program in the fourth year
  • fulfill the requirements of the Major Program as listed (with the exception of 3 units at the 400 level), plus an additional 7.5 units as follows:
    • ANTH 400A or 400B, and 499; and
    • an additional 1.5 units of courses in Method and Theory (see list of courses under Major requirements)
    • an additional 1.5 units of 300- or 400-level ANTH courses in preparation for Honour's research, to be chosen in consultation with the Honours advisor
    • an additional 1.5 units of 300- or 400-level courses offered by the department

Honours graduating standing

An Honours degree requires:

  • a graduating GPA of at least 5.0
  • a GPA of a least 5.5 in 300- and 400-level Anthropology courses

Students who do not meet these requirements may opt to receive the Major degree.

Honours prior to May 2016

Criteria for the honours program prior to May 2016

The minimum criteria for entrance into honours is a combined GPA of 6.5 in ANTH 200240 and 250.

Honours students must maintain certain minimum GPA criteria (see the guidelines in the UVic calendar) and, in addition to completing the requirements for a Major in Anthropology, they must complete the following coursework (7.5 units):

  • ANTH 316
  • ANTH 317 or 318 or another approved course in techniques of data analysis
  • ANTH 400A or 400B
  • ANTH 499
  • An additional 1.5 unit upper level ANTH course.

Honours essays are archived electronically in the University of Victoria Library. Find the essays here.

Congratulations to the following honours students whose papers were also published.

Meaghan Efford (Honours student 2015-2016)

The Implications of Thermogenic Modification for Anthropological Recovery of Burned Bone

Journal: The Arbutus Review

https://journals.uvic.ca/index.php/arbutus/article/view/16054

Nicholas Christopher Cole Healey (Honours student 2014-2015)

Controlling Celtic Pasts: the production of nationalism in popular British archaeology of Celtic peoples

Journal:  Nexus: The Canadian Student Journal f Anthropology

https://journals.mcmaster.ca/nexus/article/view/1099