Sociology and Anthropology faculty and students March 2010

How to Choose an Advisor

One of the benefits of a small, liberal arts college is the opportunity to build lasting relationships with faculty. Your academic advisor is available to help you select courses, identify your strengths and weaknesses, discuss both academic and non-academic issues, and explore options for further study or possible careers after graduation. Typically, you choose an advisor when you declare a major or minor in sociology or anthropology. We encourage you to select someone who shares similar interests, because he or she will be the most familiar with job options, graduate study, and other professionals in that area of sociology, anthropology, or social work. See the sociology-anthropology faculty pages for further information on our teaching interests, research projects, and other areas of expertise. Before selecting your academic advisor, we recommend that you make an appointment with each faculty member to talk over your interests and goals. Finally, remember that any of the faculty are available to discuss ideas and options with you.

The faculty advisor is often one of the most under-used resources at Westmont. One of the important reasons why each of the faculty has chosen to work at Westmont is that it provides the opportunity to work with and know our students in ways often impossible at larger institutions. Any job or further education will require you to list references. As your professors we are honored to provide those for you, but we can write the most useful recommendations when we know you. So we encourage you to visit us more often than at registration time. Consider doing a research project with one of us or working as a departmental assistant.