Courses & Advising
Choosing an Adviser and Attending Drop-in Office Hours
We strongly recommend Anthropology majors work with an adviser in the Anthropology Department. All of our tenure-line faculty (Shelby Anderson, Virginia Butler, Sharon Carstens, Michele Gamburd, Charles Klein, Jeremy Spoon, Natalie Vasey) are knowledgeable about major requirements and are happy to help you plan your course work to achieve your academic and professional goals. If you have narrowed your interests to one of the sub-fields, try to find an adviser whose background matches your main goals and meet with them once or twice per academic year.
Faculty post their "drop in" office hours at the beginning of each quarter at the entrance to the department and with the office Coordinator. If possible, use these times to meet with faculty advisers. No appointment is necessary during these open periods. Faculty may also be available by appointment.
Advising Videos and Documents
For a general overview of our program, please consult our online videos on the following topics:
- Website tour for online orientation advising
- BA/BS requirements
- Major requirements
- Choosing electives
- Choosing courses and registering
We have created a simple planning form for you and the adviser to use in scheduling your courses during your time at PSU. We recommend that students obtain a DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) print-out prior to the advising session. This will provide an up-to-date account of your progress and help you and the faculty identify the courses you need.
PSU has also crafted some helpful web-based information on how to navigate your way through the system and obtain a degree, including degree maps for all programs, such as the BA, BS, and minor in Anthropology.
Course Schedules for the 2014-15 Academic Year
See also the Anthropology Course Descriptions.