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The Document

A thesis should be approximately 30-50 pages of written text in length and the written documentation for a project should be a minimum of 20 pages in length. No thesis may be longer than 100 pages of text. Front matter and back matter may be as long as necessary, in the judgement of the thesis advisor. 


Theses generally have a minimum of five chapters: an introduction, three chapters of substance, and a conclusion. These are general guidelines that may be modified in discussion with the thesis adviser.

Use a standard 12-point book font. Generally, Palatino font seems the most attractive of the Macintosh fonts, but you may use Times, Helvetica, Arial, or Courier if you prefer. If you have another preference, just clear it with your advisor. Do NOT use Chicago or other display fonts and don’t use Courier.

For instructions on the format and style of the thesis follow the Chicago Manual of Style as found in Kate Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Sixth edition.

We require that theses and projects be fully grammatical and free of spelling errors.


All borrowed work must be fully acknowledged.

The only acceptable citation forms for anthropology theses are the AAA style (for cultural anthropology theses) or SAA style (for archaeology theses).


Submit two copies of the final version of your thesis. One copy should be bound in a black spring-back thesis binder, which will be returned to you with its grade noted on the title page. The Department will forward the second copy (in a manila folder or envelope with a butterfly clasp) to the Miller Library for microfilming.

Your completed thesis will become part of the Miller Library’s permanent collection and will be added to the Library’s on-line catalog. As a matter of pride, you want to make sure that it represents your best work.