Academic Opportunities

The Department of Anthropology has many opportunities for students outside of the classroom.

Honors Thesis Program

  • Graduate with departmental Awards & Distinctions
  • Courses: ANTH 196A and 196B
  • Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.5 (major & overall)

Anthropology Ambassadors

  • Student ambassadors of UC San Diego Anthropology Department
  • Must have completed ANTH 196A&B of Honors Thesis Program
  • Enroll in ANTH 196C to become an ambassador

Also see: Anthropology Club & Mentor-Protege Program


Independent Research, Internships & Instructional Apprentice Information

ANTH 195. Undergraduate Instructional Apprenticeship (UGIA)

Course gives students experience in teaching of anthropology at the lower-division level. Students, under direction of instructor, lead discussion sections, attend lectures, review course readings, and meet regularly to prepare course materials and to evaluate examinations and papers. Course not counted toward minor or major.

Requirements:

  1. Junior or Senior standing
  2. Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  3. Must have received an "A" in the course
  4. Apply Online - once you have applied, please send an email to anthroadvising@ucsd.edu to notify us that you have submitted an application. 

Course Details:

ANTH 195. Instructional Apprenticeship in Anthropology (4): Course gives students experience in teaching of anthropology at the lower-division level. Students, under direction of instructor, lead discussion sections, attend lectures, review course readings, and meet regularly to prepare course materials and to evaluate examinations and papers. Course not counted toward minor or major. P/NP grades only. Prerequisites: upper-division standing and consent of instructor and department stamp. Received grade of A in course to be taught or equivalent. Student will need to apply for the Undergraduate Instructional Apprentice position through ASES, fulfill the Academic Senate Regulations, and receive the approval of the department, instructor, department chair, and Academic Senate.

ANTH 197. Academic Internship

The Department of Anthropology has partnered with Academic Internship Program at UC San Diego to provide students with internship opportunities during their undergraduate studies. The Academic Internship Program allows students to integrate academic theory and ‘real world' practice, engage in research that explores the relationship between the two, and gain hands-on experience in professional setting. By participating, students receive ANTH 197 (P/NP) credit while fulfilling the requirements of the Academic Internship Program Office. In order to pursue this internship, you will need to have a faculty mentor from the Anthropology Department. Students will be responsible to follow the requirements outlined in the AIP syllabus, as well as plans established with the faculty mentor.

Are you eligible?

Applicants must have completed at least 90 units and a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

Attention: If you would like to use ANTH 197, 198 or 199 as an upper division elective, send us a message in the VAC.  Students can only use ONE of the three courses towards upper division major units.

How to apply:

  1. Meet with the AIP Office to discuss internship opportunities and requirements.
  2. Select an AIP opportunity on AIP InternLink Database.  If you find an internship that is not listed in AIP InternLiknk, then request approval from AIP for the opportunity to qualify as an internship.
  3. After AIP approval, complete the AIP Learning Agreement with the faculty on the proposal.  Print out the AIP Learning Agreement and obtain signature from the faculty mentor and supervisor. 
  4. Once you submit your AIP Learning Agreement, AIP will email Anthropology and we will create the course and send you a pre-authorization email.
  5. The Department of Anthropology will contact you to notify you of your status. Please allow up to three business days. 

Some sample internships to apply for:

ANTH 198 & ANTH 199. Independent Research and Directed Study

ANTH 198 is a directed group study on a topic or in a field not included in the regular departmental curriculum by special arrangement with a faculty member. Student may take this course twice for (P/NP) credit. 

ANTH 199 is an independent study and research under the direction of a member of the faculty. Student may take this course twice for (P/NP) credit. 

Both courses are research opportunities for students to explore a research topic of their choice either guided by or worked hands-on, one-on-one with a faculty mentor.

Are you eligible?

Applicants must have completed at least 90 units and a minimum of 2.5 GPA.

Attention: If you would like to use ANTH 197, 198 or 199 as an upper division elective, send us a message in the VAC.  Students can only use ONE of the three courses towards upper division major units.

How to apply:

  1. Reach out to faculty mentor and discuss your research interests and responsibilities (i.e. nature of project, meeting frequency, means of evaluation, etc.)
  2. Fill out ANTH 198/199 form (leave "Section" and "Section ID No." fields blank), obtain faculty mentor's signature. 
  3. Once the professor has signed the form please submit it to the Anthropology Department for approval. It may be dropped off or sent as a scan to anthroadvising@ucsd.edu
  4. The Department of Anthropology will contact you to notify you of your status. Please allow up to three business days. 

Course Descriptions:

ANTH 198. Directed Group Study (2–4)

Directed group study on a topic or in a field not included in the regular departmental curriculum by special arrangement with a faculty member. Student may take this course twice for credit. Please note: Majors may only apply eight units of approved P/NP credit toward the major, and minors may only apply four units of P/NP credit toward the minor. Please contact the department for a list of courses you may take on a P/NP basis and apply toward the major or minor. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and upper-division standing with minimum GPA of 2.5, and completed and approved Special Studies form. Department approval required.  

ANTH 199. Independent Study (4)

Independent study and research under the direction of a member of the faculty. Student may take this course twice for credit. Please note: majors may only apply eight units of approved P/NP credit toward the major, and minors may only apply four units of P/NP credit toward the minor. Please contact the department for a list of courses you may take on a P/NP basis and apply toward the major or minor. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and upper-division standing with minimum GPA of 2.5, and completed and approved Special Studies form. Department approval required.

Internship and Fellowship Resources:

  • Latino Heritage Internship Program (February Deadline) - Offering 18 paid internship opportunities in a variety of positions like archaeology, interpretation, education and outreach.
  • CAUSE Leadership Academy (January Deadline) - A nine-week paid internship program. Students are exposed to thought leaders, policymakers and will have an understanding of how to engage in the politics of the day to affect the change they want to see in the world.
  • Diversity Opportunity in Conservation (March Deadline) - A ten-week internship program that supports student who are majoring or interested in art, art history, anthropology, archaeology, physical sciences, preservation of cultural materials, and the museum field.
  • HACU National Internship Program  (May apply throughout the year) - Corporate Component, partners with some of the leading corporations in the nation. Opportunities for both internships and full-time employment are available.