Anthro 3001: Anthropology as a Major and a Career
This course is designed to help you transition from student to
career. The best way to do that is to start now to identify career
opportunities of interest, so that you have time to obtain the skills
and experience that will help you achieve your goals. This course will
You will learn about Departmental programs and University resources
primarily through guest speakers, and you will explore career options
through both individual assignments and a group project. You will
leave the class with a written career plan, a resume, and a cover
letter for a position of interest.
- introduce you to University and Departmental opportunities and
- teach you about career opportunities for anthropology
- help you to identify your own goals and how to reach them, and
- teach you to be a more competitive applicant for internships,
jobs, and graduate school.
Time to get caught up:
There were several assignments (to be completed, but not turned in)
over the past few weeks that were designed to be used in this week's assignment, so catch up on them if you missed them. None are long or time-consuming:
- View "Real People Real Careers" (streaming link is on the turnitin course calendar Sept. 27)
- Read chapters 4, 5, and 10 in the text
- Skim appendix 2 (career stories)
- Check out links in appendix 3 (text) and career resources , so you have a sense of what's there.
We will discuss four interesting articles
from the popular press after the
break, so be sure to read one or more:
Assignments and due dates
- personal plan #1: due Sept 6
- future career: due Oct 11
- resume: draft due Nov 15, final due Nov 22
- cover letter: due Nov 29
- personal plan #2: due Dec 6
- group presentations: Nov 29 and Dec 6
- individual report: due Dec 15
Guidance for Career Reports
Articles for class discussion on Oct 18 (Read one or more)
Career Advice from Professional Associations
Field Schools and International Opportunities Here are
some links to field schools and related opportunities.
There are many other organizations that sponsor field research expeditions, not all of them reputable. Do your own due diligence.
- U. of U. Department of Anthropology fieldschools
- Other University of Utah international opportunities
- Archaeology opportunities (national and international)
- Primatology opportunities (national and international)
News Articles about Anthropologists in the Workplace
These 6 "Body Farms" Help Forensic Anthropologists Learn To Solve Crimes.
Forbes, June 2015.
- Here's Why Companies Are Desperate To Hire Anthropologists. Business Insider, March 2014.
- The rise of corporate anthropology. Harvard Business Review, 2007.
Job outlook for anthropologists and archaeologists (Bureau
of Labor Statistics).
- What to do with a degree in Anthropology
(from The Guardian, August 2010: Anthropology graduates enter a
variety of professions and their employability will no doubt increase
as the world becomes ever more globalised).
Helping Doctoral Students Rethink the Tenure Track. If you
are thinking about a doctorate in Anthropology, prepare for a
career outside academia.
- If CIA calls, should Anthropologists Answer? Inside Higher Ed, 2006
- Anthropologists go native in the corporate village (FastCompany.com, Dec. 2007)
- Corporate anthropology:
Dirt-free research(cnn.com, 2008)
- The Science of Desire (marketing and consumer research article, Business Week, June, 2006)
- How Moore's Law drove Intel into the arms of anthropologists (arstechnica.com, 2010. Ethnography better than focus groups at learning what consumers will want.)
Hiring window is open at the foreign service (New York Times, Dec. 2008).
Video interviews with five anthropologists at the Smithsonian Museum
(N. Amer. archaeology, osteology, Arctic studies, linguistics, film archivist).