Frequently Asked Questions
How do I declare a Major/Minor in Anthropology?
Complete the Declaration of Major form on the Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) website. You will then receive a welcome email instructing you to set up a meeting with the Anthropology Undergraduate Program Coordinator to complete the declaration process. At that meeting, you will review major requirements, select an advisor, and have the opportunity to ask questions. You will receive a tracking sheet for your major/minor, which you are encouraged to keep up to date in consultation with your advisor.
Before you make the decision, you may want to consult our website or make an appointment with the Director of Undergraduate Studies to discuss your plans.
What Minor should I choose?
Several programs and departments offer minors in fields which complement the anthropology major. For example, anthropology majors often choose to minor in Women's Studies, Human Health, Biology, Psychology, etc. Students should check with those departments to complete any required forms.
What kinds of careers do anthropology majors pursue?
To learn more about career paths for anthropology majors and to hear from our alumni, visit our Careers in Anthropology webpage!
How do I get approval for Transfer Credit?
In cases of transfer credit from other universities, the department recognizes courses included by the Registrar's Office on a student's transcript. There is no petition process for credits not included by the Registrar.
How do I request course substitutions or other department requirement waivers?
To petition for waivers of department requirements, or for a non-ANT course to count toward the major/minor, students should complete the Petition for Clarification and Exceptions for Anthropology Majors form and return it to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Anthropology Department Office, either by email or hard copy. Requests will be reviewed by the Directer of Undergraduate Studies. Please allow 5 business days for requests to be reviewed.
For course substitutions, your petition should make a strong case for the anthropological content of the course. Note that many courses discuss topics that are of interest to anthropologists, but they do not always discuss these topics from an anthropological perspective. Topical overlap alone does not constitute evidence of anthropological content. Further instructions and examples are provided on the petition form.
How do I get permission to overload an Anthropology class?
Please contact the instructor of the course. Have the instructor give you written approval via email. You then forward the email with the instructor's permission to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Please include your student ID# with your request.
How do I register for a Permission Only Course?
Please follow any instructions in the Course Atlas description for the course. If there are no specific instructions, contact the course instructor and have the instructor give you written approval via email. You then forward the email with the instructor's permission to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Please include your student ID# with your request.
If a course is cross-listed (i.e. ANT 231) but I enrolled in the other section of it (i.e. HLTH 231), will it count for my Anthropology major or minor.
Yes. Many courses are cross-listed between departments. You may enroll through either section and still receive major/minor credit for the course. You should be sure to note the cross-listed course on your major/minor checklist (see above) since only the section for which you are registered will appear on your transcript.
How do I make study abroad part of my Anthropology major/minor?
Your first step should be a visit to the Emory College Study Abroad office (Candler Library, Suite 200) to find out what programs are available. Once you have identified programs that interest you, we urge you to discuss them with your advisor.
To assure acceptability of credit, such programs must receive prior departmental approval. To have specific study abroad courses evaluated, please obtain a study abroad course equivalence form from Emory College Study Abroad. Complete the form and bring it, along with detailed course descriptions for all courses you would like to have reviewed, to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator in the Anthropology Department Office, 207 Anthropology Building. The Director of Undergraduate Studies will review the materials and make a determination of course equivalencies and appropriate credit. When the evaluation is completed, you will be notified by email to pick up your form.
The evaluation process takes 1-2 days. Please contact the Emory College Study Abroad office about deadlines for obtaining course equivalencies prior to study abroad and allow plenty of time for processing.
Further questions? Contact:
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Anthropology Building Room 207