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Advising

Declaring Anthropology as Your Major

Declaring anthropology as your major (or minor) is easy!  You can change your major or minor by logging in to your my.BoiseState account and clicking the Change Major link.

Contacting Anthropology Advising (Appointments and Questions)

If you are a new or transfer student, please contact:

Dr. Shelly Volsche
Email: shellyvolsche@boisestate.edu
Phone: (208) 426-3037

If you are an existing anthropology major (or minor), check your Student Center, right side navigation, under “Advisor > Program Advisor” to identify your currently assigned, faculty advisor.

Email is the preferred way to contact advisors with questions or to set up an appointment. Individual faculty office hours are posted on the faculty web pages.

Changing your Advisor

We seek to align your interests with the right faculty member. If your interests change, you can change your advisor at any time. Please email Dr. Shelly Volsche and let her know which faculty member you would like to have as your advisor.

Why Should You See an Advisor

  • Discuss strategies for academic, personal, and professional success.
  • Discuss your career goals and plans.
  • Review classes, prerequisites, and schedules.
  • Identify curriculum changes that may not be listed in the catalog.
  • Connect with and advocate who can help you navigate administrative processes and challenges (e.g., RAD holds, permission numbers, closed classes.)
  • Customize your degree requirements to complement your future educational or professional goals.
  • Stay on track for graduation.
  • Discover campus resources and engagement opportunities.
  • Understand university policies.
  • Network with a future reference provider.

Transfer Students

If you are a transfer student from another college or university, please bring a copy of your transcript with you when you come to the department for your first advising session. In this way your advisor can assist you in determining what courses can/will apply towards your anthropology degree here at Boise State (and which courses won’t). In some cases, you may be required to fill out an Adjustment of Academic Requirements Form in order to transfer an equivalent course from another college/university. Don’t wait until you are about to graduate before doing this! It may come as a huge surprise when you try to transfer a course you thought would fulfill a requirement towards your major, and when you find out it won’t, you are short credits for graduation.

How to Change your Catalog Year

To change your degree catalog, fill out this Catalog Year Update form and turn it into the Registrar’s Office.