Explore your interests in anthropology at Lawrence.

Academic advising at Lawrence seeks to empower each student to craft and pursue a transformative liberal arts experience that prepares them for impactful and personally fulfilling lives. Faculty advisors support students in planning and achieving their educational goals, facilitate connections to campus resources and communities, and guide students to make informed decisions as they pursue their academic interests and aspirations. 

Course Planning for New and Exploring Students

The anthropology major is organized to help students progress from building an understanding of the field of anthropology to developing the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake independent anthropological research. The foundation of the major is a three-course introductory sequence: ANTH 110: Cultural Anthropology; ANTH 120: World Prehistory; and ANTH 140: Biological Anthropology. Majors should take all three as early as possible, and preferably in their first year and at best no later than their sophomore year. 

There are three tracks through the anthropology major, each with its own set of methods and topical courses. Majors should try to complete the 200-level methods course group in their track by the end of their sophomore year and must complete them prior to their Senior Experience.

Declare a Major/Minor

All students are expected to declare a major before the end of sophomore year. Ideally, sophomore students will declare a major (and switch to an advisor in the major) before advance registration advising begins in spring term.

Major Advising

All students will transition to a major advisor upon declaration. The major advisor will help students plan their coursework to satisfy requirements for the major, select courses in other areas to complement the major or satisfy personal interests, and prepare for their Senior Experience. Prospective anthropology majors can consult with any of the following anthropology faculty about serving as a major advisor:

Add a Major Advisor

Need help identifying an advisor in the major? Students can contact advising@lawrence.edu for assistance with advisor matching.

Minor Advising

Students do not need an official advisor for the anthropology minor. Instead, anthropology minors are encouraged to consult with the department chair or other anthropology faculty for advice on course selection and satisfying minor requirements.

Additional Student Resources

If you still have questions about advising support related to the anthropology program, we invite you to contact the department chair.