Undergrad FAQs

Questions

How Can I Get into the University of Arizona?

Which Tier One Courses Will Introduce Me to Anthropology?

How Do I Declare an Anthropology Major or Minor?

What is a Senior Degree Check?

What Can I Do with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology?

What Knowledge and Skills Define Anthropologists?

What Skills and Experiences Characterize Anthropologists?

Where Can I find Information on Anthropology Careers?

What Are the Steps Involved in Applying to Graduate School?

 

Answers

How Can I Get into the University of Arizona?

     All decisions concerning admission to the University are made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Old Main Building (520-621-3237).

     The Office of Admissions also determines what transfer courses will be accepted by the University for incoming students. Currently enrolled students who enroll in other institutions and want to transfer courses must submit transcripts to the Office of the Registrar (P.O. Box 210066, Tucson, AZ 85721-0066). Once the transfer work has been accepted by the University, the Senior Academic Advisor in the Anthropology Department, Ann Samuelson, determines how courses may be used toward the student's degree program. Back to top.

Which Tier One Courses Will Introduce Me to Anthropology?

  • ANTH 150B1: Many Ways of Being Human: Anthropological Perspective This course introduces the student to anthropological perspectives on cultural diversity. The course focuses on gender, race, ethnicity and class through readings by and about peoples of the non-western world.
  • ANTH 170C1: Human Variation in the Modern World Fundamental concepts and principles of human biology emphasizing the evolutionary processes that create organic diversity. An in-depth study of biological differences existing within and between populations of our species focusing on genetic mechanisms and adaptive strategies.
  • ANTH 160A1: Patterns in Prehistory This course takes an explicitly global perspective exploring some important events in the history of humankind. Patterns in Prehistory examines global migration, sedentism, origins of agriculture, and the development of complex social systems through different times, places and cultures.
  • ANTH 160D1: Origins of Human Diversity This course explores the biological and cultural evolution of the human species over the last several million years and examines human similarities and diversity globally. Approaches utilized include archaeology, biological anthropology, ecology, genetics, and geology.
  • ANTH 160D1: Critical Concepts in Western Culture Course focuses on an idea, theme or symbolic figure important to Western and other cultures since ancient times.

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How Do I Declare an Anthropology Major or Minor?
     To declare the Anthropology major please click the link "Make an Advising Appt" to the left to schedule an appointment. Please bring with you a current SAPR. Back to top.

What is a Senior Degree Check?
     Students in the senior year must declare their intention to graduate by filing an Application for Candidacy in the Office of the Registrar, Administration Room 313. We recommend that students do the Application for Candidacy at least 10 months prior to their proposed graduation date. Seniors must obtain the signatures of the department, and the dean as part of the Senior Check process. Back to top.

What Can I Do with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology?
     Students who earn a B.A. degree in anthropology have special knowledge, experience, and skills that can be applied directly to a variety of occupations. These include careers in museums, communication, government, public service, business, tourism, law, teaching, research, and health-related professions. A major in anthropology also provides an academic foundation for graduate studies. Back to top.

What Knowledge and Skills Define Anthropologists?

     Understanding human variation in worldwide populations. Anthropologists' "people skills" are excellent. We live in a multicultural and increasingly global society. Anthropologists appreciate cultural, biological, and linguistic diversity. The cross-cultural perspective, in particular, encourages sensitivity toward and respect for other viewpoints and attitudes. This results in better products and programs as well as more productive working relationships.

     Knowledge of principles, primary data, and interconnections of the four subdisciplines. Anthropologists consider all aspects of what it "means" to be human. Four subdisciplines or subfields are cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology. Integration of subfields enhances the work place. For example, the biocultural perspective, unique among the social sciences, provides an excellent foundation for health-related careers.

     Abilities to evaluate information, to gain knowledge through problem-solving and research skills, and to share ideas and data effectively both verbally and in writing. Anthropologists know how to define a problem, collect appropriate data, analyze these data in a systematic way, and interpret and communicate results. These problem-solving and communication skills are essential for all professions. Back to top.

What Skills and Experiences Characterize Anthropologists?

     Professional Skills: Organize and retrieve information in a systematic manner, Integrate information from multifaceted sources, Conduct library and Internet research, Work in teams, especially in fieldwork and laboratory situations, Use statistics to analyze and interpret data, Communicate ideas and data effectively, Schedule time effectively.

     Classroom and Field Research Experiences: Interview people about behaviors and attitudes, Observe and record activities of people, Interview people, record, and analyze language use, Excavate, analyze, and interpret archaeological data, Evaluate, measure, and analyze skeletons, physiological features, DNA, and nonhuman primate behavior.

     Classroom and Laboratory Research Experiences: Use scientific equipment and measuring tools, Use computer programs

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Where Can I find Information on Anthropology Careers?
     The Advising Office in the Department of Anthropology posts information about jobs and special events related to postgraduate employment on the Advising Office Student Information Bulletin Board. Faculty members provide guidance and write letters of recommendation.

     The University of Arizona Office of Career Services helps you explore your options. Advisors offer career counseling, provide information about jobs, and help with writing resumes and preparing for interviews.

     The Career Service web site has information about career opportunities, internships, and jobs in organizations that hire anthropology majors. The Career Services site also provides links to other sites. Back to top.

What Are the Steps Involved in Applying to Graduate School?
     Think carefully about your area of interest. What do you want to be able to do with a graduate degree in anthropology?

     Start early! The best way to learn about the graduate school experience is to talk to faculty and current graduate students. For information about the Department of Anthropology graduate program at the University of Arizona and for application materials, see the Advising Center. To find out about other programs, read program information received from other departments posted on the bulletin board across the hall from the Advising Center.

     Use the American Anthropological Association Guide to locate people and programs. Search web sites of particular departments to obtain more information. Pay attention to submission deadlines, admission requirements, graduate program requirements, scholarships and financial aid, academic resources, and teaching and research opportunities. Web sites also may include application materials. If not, write to appropriate Directors of Graduate Studies for application packets

     Most graduate programs in anthropology require a personal statement and resume, an official undergraduate transcript(s) with a list of completed courses and grade point average (GPA), Graduate Record Examination (GRE General Test; fee required) scores, and two or more letters of recommendation. The Director of Undergraduate Studies and other faculty can provide guidance. Faculty members also write letters of recommendation.

     Obtain official undergraduate transcripts from each college or university that you attended. University of Arizona transcripts are available from the Office of Curriculum and Registration.

Contacts:
Office of Curriculum and Registration Administration Building
2nd and 3rd Floors
Transcript: (520) 621-3113

The University of Arizona Testing Office offers the GRE General Test on the computer. To learn about required fees, contact the office or visit the web site.

The University of Arizona Testing Office
Old Main Building, Room 219
Phone: (520) 621-7589
http://www.ulc.arizona.edu/testing

The Testing Office also offers preparation courses.
http://www.ulc.arizona.edu/grad.htm

GRE, Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6000
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
Phone: 1-800-GRE-CALL
Email: gre-info@ets.org
http://www.gre.org

 

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