Student Resources

Undergraduate Support and Engagement

Undergraduate Advising

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.

What can I do with an Anthropology degree?

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.

Getting the Most from my UNLV Anthropology Experience

  • Get involved! Join the Anthropology Society  or Lambda Alpha, where you can meet with other students passionate about Anthropology.
  • Talk with faculty and graduate students. Learn how they got involved in Anthropology (they were once in your shoes), and see where those conversations take you.
  • Attend departmental talks and other events like the annual Anthropology Open House. Meet other students, and participate in the broader UNLV Anthropology community.
  • Engage with UNLV Anthropology social media and other web resources. Subscribe to the ANTHAccess Newsletter for monthly information about volunteer, research and other opportunities. Follow departmental Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook for social media updates.
  • Get involved in other campus activities that overlap with your interests in Anthropology. There is an incredible array of student organizations on campus
  • Apply your motivation and skills through an internship. This can help you develop professionalism outside UNLV class experiences, and perhaps even lead to a job
  • Consider studying abroad. If you are passionate about meeting people from varied backgrounds and are interested in international experiences, UNLV undergraduates have access to a wide array of study abroad opportunities through the USAC Consortium

How to Get Involved in Research

One of the best ways to get the most from your degree program is to get involved in undergraduate research. You might work with a faculty mentor or perhaps a graduate student. This sort of apprenticeship approach allows you to learn about research design, procedures, ethics and other elements of the research process. If you aspire to graduate or professional school, research involvement can be a critical element to distinguishing your abilities and experiences in a competitive application process. Some UNLV research-related resources include:


Funding for Anthropology Students

The following funding sources offer a sampling of some of the major sources Anthropology graduate students might consider. Some sources cover specific applications including funding field research and dissertation completion, while others are more open. Please try additional Internet searches as some sources are quite specialized. Also, be sure to ask your fellow graduate students and faculty for tips concerning locating and applying for funding. Consider using University funding resources (e.g., workshops) and also note the funding received by scholars in your area of research.

Please also note that UNLV and Lied Library have made available the GrantForward search engine, where you can access thousands of available grants and perform customized searches depending on your specialized field of study: