Undergraduate Advising

Drop-In Advising | Declare Anthropology | Graduation Application | Transfer & Study Abroad Credit | Evaluations | Undergraduate Advising Contacts

Please visit Undergraduate Programs for a complete overview of Anthropology's undergraduate degrees. Anthropology is an open major. Students may complete our undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. BA in Anthropology students can choose between our general degree track or one of our five degree specialization options. Students completing a BS in Anthropology must complete their degree within one of our three degree specializations.

Drop-In Advising

You're invited meet with us during our open drop-in hours. Undergraduate advisors provide information about degree and program requirements, current course offerings, and advice about completing your studies. We are currently only seeing students via zoom.

For drop in advising, please check in so we can meet with you each in a timely fashion. Drop-In students are seen on a first come, first serve basis. If the form is closed during a time listed below, we may have reached capacity. Please send us an email (

 zOOM sIGN IN (responses accepted DURING DROP-IN HOURS)

Drop-In Hours*

Days Times
Tuesday 9:30 am - 11:00 am (zoom)
Wednesday 1:30 pm -  3:00 pm (zoom)
Thursday 9:30 am - 11:00 am (zoom)

*Not available on University holidays. Hours subject to change; see below for any office closures and/or revised drop-in hours. 

Declaring your Major in Anthropology

Anthropology is an open major and you may declare at any time.

If Anthropology is your first major, you can start the declaration process by filling out this form. Your information will be sent to one of the Anthropology advisors and they will submit your major declaration to the Registrar's Office. 

If you're declaring Anthropology as a second major, we ask that you complete an academic plan showing you can complete both majors in time.  Once you have completed your plan in MyPlan, you can email (, come to drop-ins or schedule a meeting with an advisor to review.  Once we review, you can fill out form above to declare the major.

If you are declaring Anthropology with a large number of credits and/or have 7-8 quarters completed, you should speak with an Anthropology advisor before you declare the major.  You can view your credit and quarter count on your UW unofficial transcript on  Students must complete their major within the University's satisfactory progress (see the Registrar's website section "Academic Satisfactory Progress - The 210 Credit Rule").

Graduation Application

The University would like you to submit a graduation application about two to three quarters before you expect to graduate (for example, if you're going to graduate in the Spring, you should apply during the Fall). If you're completing your degree in more than one major, you will need to fill out an application with each of your departmental advisors. To learn more about the graduation application process as well as commencement, please review our Anthropology Graduation & Commencement page.

Transfer or Study Abroad Credit Evaluations

If you have or will be completing coursework at another institution or on a study abroad experience, you can request the Department of Anthropology to evaluate that coursework for UW equivalency.  

Note: If you have completed or plan to complete a course from a public Washington Community and Technical College, please check the UW Transfer Equivalency Guide. If the course is listed, you do not need to submit this form.

Transfer/Study Abroad Credit Evaluation form

Undergrad Advising Contact & Office Information

Director: Laura Todd (
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Graduate Advising

Please visit Graduate Programs for a complete overview of Anthropology's graduate degrees. The Department of Anthropology offers PhD programs in three anthropological sub-fields: ArchaeologyBiological AnthropologySociocultural Anthropology. We also offer a Master of Arts in Archaeological Heritage and a concurrent MPH/PhD program in either Biological Anthropology or Sociocultural Anthropology.


Please visit the Department of Anthropology's Graduate Admissions page and the Graduate School's Admission Requirements page for more information. The individual degree pages, linked in the previous section, include lists of subdivision specific admission requirements.


If you would like to apply to our graduate program, you must complete the online application on the University of Washington Graduate School website. Please note that applicants may only apply to one of the three PhD track programs. All applicant materials (including letters of recommendation and unofficial transcripts) will be collected through the UW application. Applications open on October 15 and close on December 15th. Please visit the Department of Anthropology's Graduate Admissions page for more information.

Graduate Advising Appointments

To set up a 30-minute meeting, either in-person or via Zoom, with the Graduate Program Assistant please submit an appointment request form. Limited drop-in appointments are available, please make an appointment whenever possible.  

Graduate  Contact & Office Information

Program Assistant: Kendall Nelson
Phone: (206) 685-1562
Location: Denny Hall, 310
In Office: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Remote: Thursday & Friday
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (closed for lunch)