Undergraduate Program


Academic Advising is an opportunity to exchange information designed to help students reach their educational and career goals. Advising is a shared responsibility between an adviser and the student. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to make decisions about his/her life goals by creating a plan to reach those goals.

Academic advisers can assist in this process by helping the student understand options, determine resources and, when necessary, identify alternatives.

While students are urged to keep parents informed of plans and progress, the advising relationship uniquely is between the academic adviser and the student.

Student responsibilities

  • Make advising appointments in advance, especially during busy pre-registration periods.
  • Come to appointments on time, and cancel if you cannot attend
  • Come prepared for appointments by writing down questions/concerns in advance. During the advising period for registration, also come with a list of courses you are interested in taking the following semester.
  • Accept responsibility for making your own plans and decisions. An advisor may provide advice, not make your plans or decisions for you.
  • Read all University correspondence sent to you via the US mail and email. Respond if required.
  • Take advantage of University resources that will improve your educational experience.
  • Define a primary plan to achieve your goals but also have an acceptable alternative.  

Adviser Responsibilities

  • An adviser may provide assistance in helping a student learn how to make practical academic plans and decisions, how to discover a range of options available to the student, based on the student’s stated goals, and how to think through the consequences of the student’s own choices.
  • Assist in development of an academic/career plans consistent with student’s stated goals, interests and abilities.
  • Provide accurate information about policies, procedures and requirements.
  • Create positive working relationships with students, other College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) advisers, staff and faculty.
  • Assist student in understanding the rationale and potential of a liberal arts education
  • When appropriate, refer students to other University resources and services.

 When Do I Need Advising?

You need to meet with your advisor during the pre-registration period held each semester. The pre-registration period for faculty advising each semester is listed on the university academic calendar.

How Do I Sign Up for Advising?

For pre-registration advising, please sign up for advising in the main office of the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures in the Cobb Institute. The main office is in 204 Cobb. Sheets with appointment times are posted in the main office. 

Who is My Adviser?

If you are an Anthropology major, your advisor is Dr. Shane Miller.

Email: dsm333@msstate.edu

Office Phone: 662-325-2013

For Fall 2021, all advising appointments will be conducted over webex by appointment only. Please email Dr. Miller to set up an appointment.