Working with an Advisor
Your relationship with your advisor is very important. S/he is
there to give you advice and support when you need it, to guide you
through curriculum and requirements, to help you improve your study
skills, to discuss study abroad and independent study with you, and
to provide advice about graduate school and careers. We want to help
you get the most out of your Anthropology major, and out of your
experience at Tufts.
In Anthropology, you need not feel that you are restricted to one
advisor. Please feel free to talk to other Anthropology faculty, or
to change advisors. Each of us has different perspectives, areas of
expertise, and personal styles.
You can learn more about us on our faculty pages and about the
clusters of expertise in the department.
You can come to your advisor's
office hours, schedule an appointment, and communicate with him/her
via e-mail. Although e-mailing is easy, your advisor will get to
know you much better through face-to-face contact during office
Remember that we can be better advisors when we know you. Let your
advisor know about your interests and activities, such as
volunteering, jobs, extra-curricular activities, and student
organizations. A good way of doing this is to write a short resume,
and to update this once or twice a year — but make sure you keep us
informed in person too. We can write you better recommendations when
we know you as a person rather than a transcript!
Before the pre-registration rush begins, contact your advisor to set
up an appointment: this ensures that we can give you and your course
selections enough time. Try not to stop in to see your advisor at
the last minute. Above all, make sure you meet with your advisor
rather than simply sending her/him your course choices via e-mail.
If you're thinking of studying abroad, come and see us as early as
possible so that we can discuss programs, suggest others who have
returned from similar programs, and explore possible research
opportunities with you.