The Paul Bernon Memorial Prize is awarded to the graduating senior most outstanding in anthropology and sociology. Selection is made by department faculty.
Under the guidance of a staff member, an A&S major writes a thesis based on an approved project in a specialized field of anthropology or sociology. If at the first semester’s end the project has honors potential, the student applies to continue toward graduation with honors. After completing the thesis, the student takes an oral examination on it and its field.
Outstanding students from all curricula are eligible for election to Phi Beta Kappa in either the junior or senior year. Membership criteria are established by the local chapter, not by the College. In addition to meeting the requirements of their degree programs, students should demonstrate breadth in their coursework and a commitment to liberal learning. More specifically, the chapter takes into account grade point average, advanced-level courses outside the student’s major, and the study of mathematics and foreign language. Admission to Phi Beta Kappa is always at the discretion of the chapter, and membership is gained only by election.