Declaring a Major

Majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology

When you are ready to declare your major, we recommend that you visit the EVANTH Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) to answer any questions you might have about the major.

The DUS is the departmental or program officer responsible for the coordinating and overseeing the undergraduate curriculum and courses of instruction. The DUS authorizes transfer credits and certifies that each student has met the requirements for the major or minor at the point of graduation for each year.

Once you have your questions answered, you will complete your Long-Range Plan (available on ACES) and meet with your pre-major advisor.

If you are adding an EVANTH major or minor or switching from a different major, you may do so by filling out a request at the registrar's office (located in the Smith Warehouse).

How Advising Works

Our advising system is flexible, and it is possible to change advisors if it is found another would more closely match your needs. You should coordinate a change through the undergraduate office. The office may also need to change your advisor because of sabbatical leaves or special demands on faculty time.

You need to meet with your advisor at least once a semester, typically during registration for the next semesters courses. This meeting is a great time to talk not only about classes, but also how your current classes are going, advice for effective time management, your long-term plans, suggestions for applying to graduate and professional schools, and any other academic questions or concerns you may have. Note that your advisor does need to clear you for registration each semester. Most advisors will post appointment schedules during the registration period. You're naturally free to meet with or e-mail your advisor at other times, simply e-mail or call your advisor to make an appointment.

To request an advisor, please contact Ms. Felina Thorpe at felina.grissom@duke.edu. She will get back to you with the availability of your first and second choice advisors.

Faculty Advisors

Note that only certain faculty can serve as major advisors. This means that it may be difficult to assign an advisor whose research interests coincide exactly with yours. However, we will try our best to make the match as close as possible.