Honors Track in Anthropology

The Honors Track in Anthropology is designed to provide our most talented and highly motivated students with exceptional opportunities to excel in their study of one or more of Anthropology's subfields, including enrolling in graduate-level courses and conducting original research or implementing service learning projects with guidance from faculty members.

Students wishing to pursue the Honors Track in Anthropology must apply to, and be accepted into, the UHM Honors Program. They must complete all Honors Program requirements. In addition, students must declare Anthropology as their major and complete all requirements of the major.

Students in the Honors Track in Anthropology will benefit from smaller class sizes and more individualized attention than in regular courses. Anthropology majors will also benefit from the integrated nature of the program. Some Anthropology courses will substitute for required courses in the Honors Program. This will enable participants in the Honors Track in Anthropology to graduate with Honors without lengthening the time to completion of their degrees.

In addition to the courses listed below, the Department of Anthropology highly recommends that students take advantage of the many other courses offered by the Honors Program, such as HON 301 (Public Policy Making), HON 303 (Civic Engagement), and HON 380 (Peer Mentoring), to help students develop leadership skills critical to all fields of study.

For further information, please contact the honors program or the anthropology advising coordinator to schedule an appointment with the anthropology advisor.

Honors Track Courses

Group 1 (Orientations): ANTH 151A or 152A

ANTH 151A – Emerging Humanity (3) Introduction to human biological evolution and the archaeology of culture in the world prior to AD 1500. Restricted to students in the Honors Program. FGA

ANTH 152A – Culture and Humanity (3) Introduction to cultural anthropology. How human groups have come to terms with, modified, and even created their physical, social, natural, and supernatural environments, and endowed their lives with meaning and order. Restricted to students in the Honors Program. FGB

Group 2 (Contemporary Problems): HON 301, HON 303<, HON 380, ANTH 300, ANTH 325*, ANTH 375*, ANTH 415*, ANTH 422*, ANTH 467*, or ANTH 481*

*Honors students will attend the same lectures/discussions/seminars as regular Anthropology majors, but will work more closely with their instructors, and have the opportunity to design and implement original research or serve learning projects.

HON 301 – Public Policy Making (3) Students develop understanding of theory, practice, and ethical issues of public policy-making. Combines lecture/discussion and fieldtrips. Students develop policy analysis and strategic plans that identify issues, interests, and methods of influence. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: 101 or 291, or departmental approval. (Cross-listed as POLS 386.)

HON 303 – Civic Engagement (3) Seminar on history and theory and practice of volunteerism in the U.S. Involves comparative study of volunteerism, individual research projects on volunteerism, and conduct of field service activities together with written reports. Repeatable one time. A-F only. Pre: 101 or 291, or departmental approval.

HON 303 – Peer Mentoring (3) Students develop understanding of dynamics of leadership skills within the contexts of paired to large groups. Focus on improvement on written and oral communication skills.

ANTH 300 – Study of Contemporary Problems (3) Significance of anthropology for contemporary affairs, particularly American ethnic and minority group relations. Relevance to various professions, governmental policy, political action, and accomplishment of change. Prerequisite: Anth 152 or concurrent. DS

ANTH 325 – Origins of Cities (3) A combined lecture/discussion on the emergence and development of ancient cities in comparative perspective and the dynamics of (pre)modern urban life. Examples are drawn from the Near East, Mediterranean, Africa, India, China, and the Americas. Pre: ANTH 322 (or concurrent), SOC 301 (or concurrent), GEOG 421 (or concurrent) or permission of the instructor. DS

ANTH 375 – Race and Human Variation (3) Human genetic and physical variation; latitudinal, longitudinal and altitudinal variation across human populations; history of racism; contemporary issues in race and racism. Pre: 152 and 215 recommended or consent; sophomore standing. DS

ANTH 415 – Ecological Anthropology (3) Relationship of humans with natural environment; role of culture in ecological systems. Pre: 152. DS

ANTH 422 – Anthropology of Religion (3) Myth, witchcraft, symbolism, values, ritual, spirit possession, shamanism, religious healing, and millennial cults in primitive, folk, and urban societies. Pre: 152. (Cross-listed as REL 422) DH

ANTH 467 – Biomedicine and Culture (3) An examination of the social and cultural foundations of, and responses to, the values, technologies and practices of modern medicine. Pre: 152, junior standing or higher. DS

ANTH 481 – Applied Anthropology (3) Methods and results in application of anthropological concepts to the practical problems of agricultural, commercial, and industrial development. Pre: 152. DS

Group 3 (Core Seminar): HON 491, or one of the following: ANTH 601, 602, 603, or 604

HON 491 – Junior Seminar (3) Project-based experiential learning involving community-based research or creative work. Focus on project design, practical skills, and teamwork. Multi-disciplinary topics vary each semester. Required of, and limited to, candidates for Honors degree. Repeatable one time. A-F only.

ANTH 601 – Ethnology (3) Survey in historical perspective, of theory in social and cultural anthropology. A course in the graduate core of anthropology.
ANTH 602 – Linguistic Anthropology (3) Investigation of mutual influences of linguistic theory and methodology and anthropological theory and methodology. A course in the graduate core of anthropology.

ANTH 603 – Archaeology (3) Development of critical and analytical skills in assessment of archaeological literature; emphasis on the science, theory, explanation, and paradigms which comprise archaeology. A course in the graduate core of anthropology.

ANTH 604 - Biological Anthropology Core (3) Human evolution and human variability in extant and previously existing populations; emphasis on history of physical anthropology, evolutionary systematics, primate biology and behavior, paleontology, anthropological genetics, climatic adaptation, growth, and nutrition. A course in the graduate core of anthropology.

Group 4 (Research Design): HON 495 or ANTH 711

HON 495 – Introduction to Research (3) Library research skills; scholarship of research and creative work; methodological and ethical issues; development of individual proposal or prospectus for Senior Honors Project. Limited to candidates for the Honors degree. Repeatable one time. CR/NC only.

ANTH 711 – Seminar in Research Design and Proposal Writing (3) Research design and proposal writing. For students preparing for advanced research. For Anthropology Majors in the Anthropology Honors Program, this will include the development of an individual proposal or prospectus for the Senior Honors Project.

Group 5 (Research Methods): HON 496 (sections 1 & 2, for 6 CR), and one of the following: ANTH ANTH 370, ANTH 381, ANTH 478, or ANTH 710

HON 496 – Senior Honors Project (3) Original research, creative work, performance or other form of scholarly project appropriate to a major and supervised by a faculty member. Limited to candidates for Honors degree. Repeatable one time for each major. A-F only. Pre: 495 or consent.

ANTH 370 – Ethnographic Field Techniques (V) Problems and techniques of social-cultural anthropological field work; ethnographic literature; work with informants. Pre: 152. (Offered as 3 credits in the fall and spring and 6–9 credits in the summer.) DS

ANTH 381 - Archaeological Field Techniques (V) Archaeological survey and excavations; field trips, mapping, photography. May focus on terrestrial or underwater. May be taught entirely in the field at a national or international archaeological site. Repeatable one time with consent. Pre: 210. (Offered as 4 credits in the fall and spring and 6–9 credits in the summer.) DH

ANTH 466 – Quantitative Archaeology (3) This course covers the basic principles of statistics, including the exploratory analysis of batches, sampling, significance, t-tests, analysis of variance, regression, chi-square, and the estimation of sample means and proportions. More advanced topics may include bias, quantification, spatial sampling, analysis of spatial distributions, diversity indices, (dis)similarity coefficients, principal components analysis, multidimensional scaling, discriminant analysis, hierarchical clustering, bootstrapping, jackknifing, and/or Monte Carlo simulation. Principles are illustrated through the analysis of actual archaeological datasets. All statistical work is done by computer, and no previous math beyond high school algebra is needed.

ANTH 710 – Seminar in Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology (3) Ethnographic research methods. Introduction to the approaches and techniques of participatory research, including the collection, analysis, and interpretation of social and cultural data. Politics and ethics of research practice.