Frequently Asked Questions
At this time, students are not able to receive a general Anthropology major or minor. All students must decide which academic emphasis they wish to major/minor in either Archaeology; Biological; or Sociocultural.
Students who are interested in double majoring should review the UCSD Policies and Procedures before applying with the Double Major Petition (page 2 of the petition). Overlapped courses outside the Anthropology Department must be approved beforehand by presenting the course syllabus to the Undergraduate Director.
Unfortunately, there is no way for the Program to know your chances of getting into a class. It is highly recommended you enroll in a back-up course in case you are not added. The waitlist is all automated and makes its final update on the Friday of Week 2 at 12am; if you were not automatically added from the waitlist by Friday morning, you will no longer considered to be on the waitlist as the waitlist no long exists.
Contact your professor as soon as possible to discuss the options that they will allow. If your professor agrees to let you take an Incomplete in the course, a Request for Incomplete form must be processed prior to the end of finals week. If you are unable to fill out the Incomplete form, you may ask your professor to generate the form on your behalf. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with their professor the following quarter, to see when and how the work should be completed. Failure to do so will result in an F grade for the course.
If you have signed the Buckley Waiver, your exam will be placed in the Final Exam Cabinet - where exams from the previous quarter may be retrieved 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The cabinet is located on the 2th floor of the Social Sciences Building near the faculty wing, beginning the Wednesday after finals week and continuing until the end of the following quarter.
Please note: Exams without a Buckley Waiver will be available for pick up from the instructor.
Contact the professor as soon as possible to see why you did not receive a grade. In most cases, it is a simple clerical error that requires your professor to assign your grade online. Please note that blank grades will default to an F/NP if it is not assigned a grade by the end of the next quarter.
Problems with grades should be discussed with the instructor of the class or TA of the section. If you are having a serious conflict with an instructor, please bring your situation to the attention of the undergraduate coordinator. You must speak with the undergraduate coordinator before you make an appointment with the department chair.
You may contact the Anthropology Advisor via VAC or by going to Walk-In Advising Hours listed on the [Undergraduate Advising] page.
- You may only repeat grades of “D” “F” and “NP”.
- You may repeat a maximum of 16 units.
- The original grade earned remains on the transcript, but will not factor into your GPA if it is successfully repeated later.
- If a student exceeds 16 units of repeat coursework, future repeated course grades will be averaged together.
- If you receive a “D”, “F”, or ”W” in a sequential course, DO NOT enroll in the subsequent course. You must successfully repeat the first course in order to continue in the sequence. NOTE: This is NOT true of MMW; you may continue in the sequence and re-take MMW 1 at a later date. A “D” grade is considered passing and will complete the requirement.