Advising information for current and prospective students.
- Advising Services
- A&S vs. Anthropology Department Advising
- Anthropology Advisors
- New Majors
- How do I get advising?
- Advisee Responsibilities
Advising services are available within the department to current Anthropology majors and minors. We offer guidance in your academic career, assist with planning your future, help with academic problems and make referrals to other campus services.
If you have not yet officially declared your major, you need to complete the online major/minor application located on the A&S Advising Center pages. You may also want to meet with an A&S Advisor before completing your application.
If you are a prospective student and need information about admission to the University of to the College of Arts and Sciences, contact the Admissions Office or Arts and Sciences Advising. Admission to the University is handled in the central office, not in individual academic departments.
If you need information about how classes will transfer from another institution to UofL, please look at the admissions office transfer equivalency page. Transfer credits are not evaluated in the department for prospective students.
If you need information about our degree programs, please click on the following links:
- Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with concentration in Social Sciences
- Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology with concentration in Natural Sciences
- Minor in Archaeology
- Minor in Socio-Cultural Anthropology
- Minor in International Health Studies
- Minor in Forensic Anthropology
If you are very interested in studying in anthropology but have not yet declared your major, you are encouraged to make an appointment with Dr. Fabian Crespo, Dr. Jonathan Haws, or with your Anthropology professor to learn more about the major. Departmental advising is intended for our majors and minors who have been officially admitted by application to A&S. If you are a "declared" major, but have not applied and received notice of acceptance, you will receive advising in A&S from the Social Sciences Advisors team. If you have not received a welcome letter from the department via mail or University email, you are not yet an official Anthropology major. The welcome letter will inform you who your advisor will be in the Anthropology department.
If you have been referred to "your unit advisor" by another University office, you need to see an A&S advisor since A&S is your academic unit. "Units" in the University's terminology are the various colleges, not the departments within colleges.
All issues pertaining to your status in the college (petitions, probation, suspension, admission, transfer, courses at another institution, graduation, ect.) are handled by A&S advisors in Gardiner Hall.
If you have not been registered for more than two semesters, you should first meet with an A&S advisor to check your progress towards degree completion before scheduling an appointment with your anthropology advisor.
Questions pertaining to College of Arts & Sciences or University issues (admission/matriculation/graduation status, transfer credits, advising prior to admission to the major, petitions for waivers, taking classes at another college, degree audits, ect.) should be referred to A&S advisors at 852-5502, walk-in at Gardner Hall or the A&S Advising website.
We do our best to assign all majors to a faculty advisor with similar research interests as the student. Should you be assigned to an advisor who does not work within the sub-discipline in which you are most interested, you may request to be changed. Nonetheless, all faculty members are qualified to advise you on curriculum planning and course selection.
Dr. Fabian Crespo is the Undergraduate Advising Coordinator for Anthropology. Policy and curriculum questions requiring review should be referred to Dr. Crespo directly (e.g. receiving Anthropology credit for classes taken elsewhere). He coordinates the assignment of new majors to advisors within the department.
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|Jianhua (Andrew) Zhao
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||Friday 10:00 - 12:00 or by appointment
Students are encouraged to meet with any faculty member for questions about courses they teach, their research interests, graduate school advice and conversation about the field of anthropology. Please see the Faculty information on the Faculty/Staff link.
You are encouraged to set up an initial advising appointment as soon as you receive your welcome letter notifying you that your application to the Anthropology Department has been accepted by Arts & Sciences. At this initial appointment, we can learn more about the department, review your curriculum, discuss long-range plans and career goals, fine-tune your course selection and discuss any potential problems. This is the best way to find out about opportunities within the department and to plan for future semesters. While students in ANTH are not required to receive advising, it is a good idea to meet with your advisor at least annually to check on progress and discuss changes in plans or to find out about new opportunities and classes.
The fastest and most reliable method is to request an appointment with your advisor by sending an email through your University account (*see below) to your advisor. You may also see your faculty advisor during his or her posted office hours. Full advising sessions are conducted by appointment only.
If you do not know who your anthropology advisor is, you should contact Paula Huffman, Administrative Assistant, by telephone at (502)852-2421 or by email.
It is strongly recommended that you see your advisor WELL BEFORE the registration period begins because you will have the time to ask all your questions and receive maximum attention to academic, personal, and career issues. It also gives you enough time to go to other departmental advisors or university departments, if needed, and still register as early as possible.
- We should develop a long-term plan that takes you to graduation and beyond. If you do not have a good idea of what you need to be taking and doing during the next several semesters, you need advising NOW, not at registration. Planning on a semester by semester basis is not optimal for pursuing career or graduate school goals. Make an appointment with your faculty advisor to develop a long-range plan.
- You should be familiar with the information on this website. One of our goals for you as a college student is to learn how to find information independently. This website and the Undergraduate Catalog can answer 99% or your procedural questions.
- Request advising appointments by email well in advance of the time you will need answers. Do not assume the advisor will be available to see you or have the answers you need at the moment you need them. Sometimes questions will have to be referred elsewhere or you will need to bring additional information. Faculty advisors have many other responsibilities and cannot work on a walk-in basis. PLAN AHEAD!
- Keep a folder with all official advising and UofL information. The advisor is not responsible for maintaining your personal notes, once they have been given to you. You must keep all of your documents, petitions, program forms, etc. together, in one place.
- Bring this folder to every advising meeting. You are expected to bring your notes, a current transcript, other documents and all previous advising work to each advising meeting. You may be turned away if you do not have this material with you during the registration period.
- If we have agreed on a plan of action, please follow through before returning. If your situation has changed, you may need a new plan of action. In other cases, please make a good faith effort to pursue the plan before meeting with your advisor to review the results.
- See your advisor immediately if you are in trouble or in a new situation. Trouble includes: any Anthropology class with a grade below C-, an F in any class, being on Probation or Warning, a major change of interests or career goals, etc. Most problems can be handled best when handled early. Never be reluctant to make an appointment if you have any concern about your progress, performance or future. You advisor will take a problem-solving, not a judgmental, approach to your situation.
*You must have a University email account in order to receive important official information. Emails to the department must come from University email accounts.