The following are the guidelines for those considering the Advanced Major in Sociology and Anthropology:
● The course, Anthropology’s Methods will help prospective Advanced Majors to develop research proposals and plans. Fieldwork can be conducted over the summer between semesters 6 & 7 continuing into semester 7.
● In addition to working under the guidance of a faculty advisor, Advanced Majors will participate in a Monsoon and Spring Thesis Workshop, each for 4 credits. These will be intensive weekly sessions facilitated by different members of the faculty and will focus on critical aspects of the research process: framing questions, fieldwork methods, data analysis, working on annotated bibliographies, developing anthropological arguments, and ethnographic writing. Students will make regular presentations and share their writing with each other.
● The final thesis should be between 10,000-15,000 words and cover 8 credits (4 each semester). The thesis will be evaluated by the faculty advisor.
● Fourth-years will also have the opportunity to gain experience as Teaching Assistants (with a minimum of 2 credits of Teaching Practicum).
● The ASP cohort will also organise (for 2 credits per student) an annual Symposium hosted by the department and conceptualised, curated and organised by the fourth-year students.
● To complete the required 24 credits, fourth-years will be able to take an additional 1 departmental elective to broaden and deepen their engagement with the discipline.
Please note that ASP students can take more than one course either in Sociology or other subjects during their ASP programme, but that would not count towards 24 credits.