Advising Resources | Department of Anthropology

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Advising Resources

Undergraduate Advisor

Schedule an appointment at:
Office: Sycamore Hall 120 Phone: (940) 369-8449

Professor Melissa Nelson is the Department of Anthropology's Undergraduate Advisor. You should contact her if you are interested in declaring a major in anthropology. In addition to helping you file a degree plan (D.A.R.F.) with the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, she can help advise you on course selections, anthropology tracks, and post-graduate advice. In addition, contact Professor Nelson if you are interested in field-school, study-abroad, internship, or substitution credit toward your Anthropology Major requirements.

You should make it a point to touch base with Professor Nelson at least once a semester to discuss your academic progress. In addition to advising you on the best path to complete your Anthropology degree plan, Professor Nelson serves as your point of reference for any issues or interests that might arise within the scope of Anthropology.

CLASS Advisors

Professor Nelson works closely with a dedicated team of CLASS (College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences) advisors who provide support for our students' comprehensive academic progress, advising on both Anthropology degree and CORE requirements. You should seek out a CLASS advisor if you are: considering declaring a double-major or minor, filing a graduation application, needing course advice, requesting transfer credit, or seeking information regarding campus resources.

Email CLASS advisors at:
Schedule an appointment at:
Office: GAB 220 Phone: (940) 565-2051


The Department of Anthropology chooses two CLASS Ambassadors every year to represent the department and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) to the wider UNT community. The role of the Ambassadors is to "encourage spirit in the college and the university as a whole by assisting prospective, new and continuing students" (CLASS website). Ambassadors are the heart of our department. They are deeply involved in our Anthropology community through departmental initiatives like the newsletter, kickball, EXPO, Preview Day, and College Day.

To get to know our current Ambassadors please visit their profiles page here: You can reach out to our Ambassadors by emailing them at: They are there to help support and encourage you and help connect you with our Anthropology family!

Ambassadors are chosen by a committee that includes the Undergraduate Advisor, Director of Undergraduate Programs, Student/Faculty Liaison, and outgoing Ambassadors. If you'd like to learn more about the position click here:

Student/Faculty Liaison


Anthony DeFreece is the Anthropology Student/Faculty Liaison for the 2020-2021 academic year. He is an undergraduate Anthropology Major finishing up his senior year at the University of North Texas. The role of the liaison is to facilitate communication between our undergraduate community of majors and the faculty. He works closely with the Director of Undergraduate Programs and advocates for the needs of our student body. You should contact Anthony for advice or support. He is here to voice your questions, suggestions, or concerns on any issue regarding our departmental community.

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