Several UNLV services offer general undergraduate advising support, including the Wilson Advising Center and the Academic Success Center. You can also speak with the UNLV faculty Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor (Dr. Peter Gray, effective July 1, 2020) or graduate student Undergraduate Advisor during the regular academic calendar. You might ask about campus and community resources and professional opportunities as you explore what your degree experience affords now and in the future. Please email Dr. Peter Gray with questions, and we will seek to offer opportunities to schedule virtual or in-person advising appointments beginning fall 2020.
A UNLV Anthropology degree is a Liberal Arts degree. This equips you with important critical thinking, communication, collaborative, culturally-aware and synthetic capacities for jobs of the present and future. With changes in global migration patterns and family dynamics, novel pandemics and digital literacy, a Liberal Arts degree supports the necessary lifelong, adaptable learning to help you successfully embrace challenges and opportunities. A UNLV Anthropology degree also highlights the evolutionary and culturally contextualized ways in which humans behave, in the past and present, making for distinct emphases compared with other degrees. The scope is holistic, situating human behavior and meaning in context. The methodological skills—in ethnography, interviews, statistics, computer applications, and more—can be applied in various career paths.
A UNLV Anthropology B.A. degree can also be a step toward other graduate or professional degrees, whether in Anthropology or other fields. You can undertake coursework to help prepare for additional post-B.A. training in fields as varied as the Health Sciences to Criminal Justice, Social Work to Law School. Note that many post-graduate fields do not require a specific undergraduate degree, though they may have field-specific applicant expectations such as standardized tests or experiences. If you are interesting in pursuing postgraduate programs in Anthropology, talk with faculty and graduate students about how to prepare and career possibilities. Archaeologists earning an Anthropology M.A. degree may find employment in Cultural Resource Management (CRM), while earning an Anthropology PhD with a focus in skeletal anatomy may position one to teach anatomy in a medical school.
To illustrate positions requiring or supported by an Anthropology degree, try online keyword searches in LinkedIn, Indeed, or other professional and career websites. Note that Anthropology faculty tend to be more aware of job requirements to obtain a faculty position compared to industry, so you might try to arrange informational interviews with former Anthropology majors in jobs that look appealing to you.