ANTH 5050: Preparation for Practice and the Applied Thesis


Applied anthropologists work in many kinds of settings and take on a range of different roles. In this course, students will explore some of this diversity by interacting with guest speakers and reading case studies. In the process, they will identify an applied thesis project, if they have not already done so. Students will also receive training in the professional aspects of applied anthropology, such as client development and project design. They will learn how to market their skills and how to develop the entrepreneurial mindset that success in applied anthropology requires. 

Course resources are provided here to make them accessible not only to class members, but also to other students, at UNT and elsewhere. 

Resources for Locating Organizations

  • Volunteer Centers of North Texas
    One of the largest and most active volunteer centers in the country, the VCNT recruits volunteers to serve at more than 1,700 nonprofits throughout the North Texas area.

  • Idealist, a Project of Action without Borders 
    Thousands of volunteer opportunities in your community and around the world, and a list of organizations that can help you volunteer abroad. The best Nonprofit Career Center on the Web, with hundreds of job and internship listings.

    The web's leading source of nonprofit job listings for administrative, staff and professional positions, with an estimated seven million hits per month. 

  • DFW International Community Alliance 
    The portal to international North Texas, a region in which 44% of the residents are New Americans, it is a network of over 1,600 internationally-focused organizations in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.

  • United Way offers local directories of community resources.  Sometimes they are published as "Blue Books"; sometimes they are online.

  • Chambers of Commerce of cities you're interested in, for business-focused theses.

  • For overseas jobs in nonprofit, development-oriented, and humanitarian areas, see p.192 in your book by Riall Nolan, Anthropology in Practice.

  • Local chapters of relevant professional organizations; look under Meetups.  For example, the Dallas User Experience Group.

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