FAQ for Anthropology Majors & Minors

Q: Is there a form to fill out to declare my major or minor?
A: Yes. Each has its own form, both of which are available from the staff in the Anthropology main office in Sabin 290. Ask them who the current Undergrad Advisor is and put the completed form in that person's box, then send them an email or visit them in their office hours (posted outside the main office door) to set up a meeting. You will want to schedule a 10-15 minute chat with them.

Q: When should I declare my major or minor?
A: Your L&S advisor will guide you on this, but generally any time after you have completed and recorded 15 credits as an undergraduate. Those 15 credits do not have to be in Anthropology. It is also wise to not wait too late in your undergraduate career, since you want adequate time to schedule the classes necessary for the major or minor.

Q: Is my major advisor different from my L&S advisor?
A: Yes. Your L&S advisor guides you through general education and L&S requirements, while your major advisor will be a member of the Anthropology faculty who guides you through requirements for our major in particular and tries to answer your questions about the discipline, its research, and its career paths.

Q: How do I get a major advisor in Anthropology?
A: When you complete the declaration of major form, you will meet with the person serving as the Anthropology Department's Undergraduate Advisor and they will match you with one of the department's faculty members, who will serve a your major advisor. You will then take the initiative to set up a meeting with that person, usually once a semester so you can get steady feedback on your progress towards the major.

Q: What should I talk about when I meet with my Anthropology major advisor?
A: Be ready to tell them what Anthropology classes you have taken and what classes you plan to take next. If you have any questions about the requirements for the major, ask them. If you have particular career questions, you can ask those too.

Q: Are major requirements different from L&S or GER requirements?
A: Yes. Each major has their own, designed to give you some breadth and depth in the discipline and acquaint you with research methods and theoretical issues specific to the discipline. Because departmental requirements can change over time, one of the best places to check on current requirements is by linking to the current Undergraduate Bulletin.

Q: Is it possible for different Anthropology majors to have different major requirements to fulfill?
A: Yes. Your particular requirements are linked to the year specified on your Declaration of Major form.

Q: Are there any classes or requirements that I should be especially alert about, so as not to miss them when they are offered?
A: Yes. There are three that are especially important to plan for: the upper level Linguistic Anthropology (Anthro 361 or 366), which has a prerequisite of Anthro 105; the capstone class of Anthropological Theory (Anthro 460), which has a prerequisite of senior standing; and one or more of the classes that meet your particular research Methods requirements (check with your major advisor and your L&S advisor - this can vary with your declaration year; also check the annual UG bulletin listing for approved methods classes, as new ones are sometimes added).

Q: Does my GPA matter?
A: Yes, it does. Successful completion of the major requires that you maintain a GPA of 2.5 or above in the anthropology courses you take.

Q: Is there any general advice about completing the Anthropology major?
A: Make sure you understand the requirements and how to fulfill them, then follow your interests. Once you have completed the 100-level courses you will have a better idea about which upper-level topics interest you the most, and you can choose those while completing the rest of the requirements. Talk with your major advisor, your other professors, and your fellow students to find the best fit for you.