Honors Thesis

Honors Thesis

Sociology and Anthropology majors qualify for writing an Honors Thesis if their major and cumulative grade point averages are at least 3.25. Please see the Chair of the Department, David Novack, if you are interested in writing a thesis. We also suggest you talk to a specific professor with whom you would like to work as your thesis advisor. The courses listed for Honors Thesis are Anthropology 493 (3 credits in the fall, 3 credits in the winter) and Sociology 493 (3 credits in the fall, 3 credits in the winter).

Honors Theses


Meredith Welch (with Prof. Novack, 2000), "Sexual Assault at Washington and Lee."

Catarina Passidomo (with Prof. Jasiewicz, 2003), “Jazz and Construction of African American Ethnicity, Identity, and Culture.”

Julia (Jill) Waity (with Prof. White, 2005), "Exploring the Division of Labor in the Kitchen."

Katie Jenkins (with Prof. Cintron, 2006), "Newspaper Coverage and the Decline of the American Labor Movement, 1970-2005."

Kristine Early (with Prof. Novack, 2007), "Sorority Women: Negotiating a Status-Oriented Society."


Julie Ann Kelley (with Prof. Goluboff, 2000), "Speak Up?: An Anthropological and Social Psychological Analysis of the Speaking Tradition at Washington and Lee University."

Gina Lynn Spezialetti (with Prof. McDaniel, 2000), "Archaeology in a Modern Context: The Material Culture of Transition in Freshman Dorm Rooms."

Erin Falzareno (with Prof. Bell, 2006),  "The Importance of Scaglia Rossa Chert as a Raw Material for Human Populations in Monte San Vicino, Italy throughout Italian Prehistory."

Abbie Jackson (with Profs. Goluboff and Means, 2007), "Representation Issues and the History and Archaeology of Washington and Lee University."

Stacie Gilmore (with Prof. Goluboff, 2008), "Abuse, Suffering, and Resistance in A Private Family Matter: Rethinking Gendered Approaches to Domestic Violence."

Chun-Yi Sum (with Prof. Goluboff, 2008), "Brewing the Diasporic Nation: Nation Building in Cha Chaan Teng in Hong Kong and Chicago Chinatown."