UNDERGRADUATE THESIS IN ANTHROPOLOGY
Appendix A – Honors Undergraduate Thesis Requirements
There are two common models for how to work with undergraduate thesis writers. One model is for research supervisors to work one-on-one with students. The advantage of this approach is the personalized attention that students receive. A disadvantage of this approach is the possibility that overzealous faculty might take over with extensive editing, in some cases rewriting students’ work. Although the final draft may be better, the student did not make the writing choices and therefore may not have developed much as a writer. Another disadvantage of this model is the possibility that overextended faculty might focus their mentoring on the science and neglect the writing altogether.
An Undergraduate Thesis should minimally include thefollowing:
Another model for how to work with undergraduate thesis writers is to offer a course to support student writers. The advantages of writing courses are that instructors explicitly teach the conventions of scientific writing, and the structured nature of a course helps students stay on track. Unfortunately, some science departments might have a difficult time staffing such a course given that scientists are not often well versed in writing pedagogy, and many assume that teaching such a course requires an unmanageable time commitment.
The specific procedures and forms for completing the Undergraduate Research Thesis are still being developed, both at the university level and within each academic unit.An Undergraduate Thesis requires a substantial coherent, coordinated and sustained study that is designed and conducted over two or more semesters. Students may work with instructors in other courses to coordinate projects to contribute to the thesis, but the thesis will require a substantial amount of additional work as part of its required independent study and research thesis courses.Any NJIT student with a passion for IS-oriented research, including members of the Albert Dorman Honors College, is invited to explore the IS Undergraduate Thesis Program. For more information on the specific requirements for an Honors undergraduate thesis, please see Appendix A of this document.You choose the topic for the Undergraduate Thesis inconsultation with a thesis advisor. Topics might include original research from anthropological fieldwork(for example: an archaeological fieldschool in the US or abroad or applied work related to Academically BasedCommunity Service courses), library research on a clearly defined topic, orobjects from the collections of the Penn Museum. Your thesis can also be a substantiallyrevised and expanded version of a term- or research paper written for a coursein Anthropology or a closely related field (upon approval by the UndergraduateThesis advisor). Your UndergraduateThesis must incorporate an anthropological approach, perspective,methodology, and/or theory.