Evolutionary Anthropology

Welcome to Evolutionary Anthropology!

It is great to have you join us as we investigate the biological origins of the human species, exploring the behavior, ecology (including disease ecology), functional anatomy, fossil history, genetics, and cognition of primates and other species (among other things!). As a Duke evolutionary anthropology student, you have many opportunities to tailor your education around personal interests, test out ideas for careers, and prepare yourself for graduate school or the working world.

If you ever have any questions about classes or advising, feel free to email, call, or stop by our Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS), Dr. Leslie Digby, 08A Biological Sciences (basement level), 919-660-7389. 

Departmental website: https://evolutionaryanthropology.duke.edu/

Advising

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 Elaina Cossin. She will get back to you with the availability of your first and second choice advisors. You can find a list of faculty and their areas of interest here.

Requirements and General Information

Learn more about major and minor requirements, and general information for new majors.