Independent Research, Internships & Instructional Apprentice Information

 

Course Details:

  • ANTH 195 is an instructional apprenticeship that gives students experience in teaching of anthropology at the lower-division level. 
  • ANTH 197 is a course for students to receive credit who enroll in an academic internship. 
  • 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. 

ANTH 195. Undergraduate Instructional Apprenticeship (UGIA)

Course Descriptions:

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. 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.

 

ANTH 197. Academic Internship

Course Descriptions:

ANTH 197. 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 th 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

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.

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. 

FAQ's

What is Research?

Research is a systematic inquiry that investigates hypotheses, suggests new interpretations of data or texts, and poses new questions for future research to explore.

Research consists of:

  • Asking a question that nobody has asked before;
  • Doing the necessary work to find the answer; and
  • Communicating the knowledge you have acquired to a larger audience.

Why is research experience valuable?

Undergraduate research helps to foster faculty-student collaboration within and outside the university. You have the opportunity to share in a professional researcher's work, to learn how he or she formulates a significant question, develops a procedure to investigate it, obtains research funding and other resources, gathers and examines evidence, follows hunches, and evaluates and shares results with the scientific community.

Getting involved in research allows you to draw together classroom learning and particular interests to contribute to the design and execution of a research project.

Explore the REAL website to learn about workshops, funding, and other support available including Undergraduate Research Scholarships.

How many hours am I expected to satisfy?

  • 1 unit = 30 hours of research over the course of the quarter (approximately 3 hours/week).
  • 2 units = 60 hours of research over the course of the quarter (approximately 6 hours/week).
  • 3 units = 90 hours of research over the course of the quarter (approximately 9 hours/week).
  • 4 units = 120 hours of research over the course of the quarter (approximately 12 hours/week).

How many special studies courses can I enroll in?

  • Students may enroll in each special studies course a max of two times each.
  • Students may count up to two special studies courses total towards anthropology requirements.

Where can I find opportunities?

I'm planning to continue my project/internship during the next quarter, can I earn credit again?

A complete application is required for each quarter of participation, even if the student will be working on the same research project in the same lab.  Subsequent applications should indicate how the project has progressed or any changes in the research question(s) or plan.

What is the role of the Faculty Advisor?

It is expected that students will arrange to meet with the faculty advisor a minimum of three times during the quarter to discuss progress on the research paper and internship, project or research.

Additional roles include:

  • Help you determine an appropriate topic for your research paper or project
  • Formally approve the proposed topic by completing the special studies form with you
  • Respond to questions and recommend appropriate academic reference materials
  • Provide feedback on your research/writing process, including how to effectively analyze the topic and develop your paper or project
  • Pass/No Pass: Faculty will assess the quality of your final research paper or project and assign a PASS/NO PASS Grade

Where can I find resources for writing my research paper?

Are there any research scholarship available?

Can I enroll in Summer?

Students may enroll in summer under certain circumstances. Paperwork must be submitted prior to the start of summer session.

Requirements:

  • 4 units = 120 hours of work; average of 24 hours per week

Please note: Students may participate in any one Session (I, II or Special) or in both Session I and II. Students may NOT participate in Special Session and Session I or Session II.

During the summer, fees are assessed per unit.  For example, enrollment in a 4-unit ANAR 100  course will result in charges for a 4-unit course.  Please see Summer Session Tuition and Fees for more information.

What requirement does this fulfill?

 Special Studies courses (excluding ANTH 195) can fulfill elective requirements.