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.
- Course Syllabus
- Course Goals and Learning Objectives
- What is the Applied Thesis?
- Steps in the Applied Thesis Project
- Applied Thesis Proposal Format
- For the Applied Thesis Agreement, the In-Progress Evaluation Form, and the Final Evaluation Form, see the graduate student forms page of the department website
- Communication between Student, Faculty Advisor, and Site Sponsor during Applied Thesis Project
- Guidelines for Applied Thesis
- How to Develop a Project Design
- UNT Institutional Review Board (IRB)
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.
UNT Career Center
portfolio advice for UX researchers
- Making Your Case: Creating a Compelling UX Portfolio
- How to Wow Me with Your UX Research Portfolio
- UX Portfolios: How to Tell Your Story
- 9 Tips for Creating your UX Portfolio
- Is a Portfolio for a UX Researcher Necessary?
- Refuse to Create a UX Portfolio
- Great Design Portfolios Are Great Stories
- Minimum Viable UX Portfolio
Examples of UX Portfolios from UNT Students / Alumni
Resources on Salary Negotiations
- The Answer to the Toughest Interview Question (from Penelope Trunk)
- 31 Things You Should Know About Salary Negotiation (from Brazen Careerist)
- Negotiating Your Salary: How to Make $1,000 a Minute (from Get Rich Slowly)
- The Informational Interview: A Job-Hunter's Secret Weapon (from Get Rich Slowly)
- Negotiating Your Salary Isn't Optional (from Brazen Careerist)