National Association of Student Anthropologists
Oral Presentation Session
Applied anthropology, as a rapidly growing field, equips anthropologists with practical skills in efforts to solve the world’s most pressing problems. This paper centers on two overlapping components of the applied anthropology course at the center of this panel—guest lectures and professional development exercises—that helped us learn about how and why anthropology is relevant in the world. After first describing these portions of the class, I reflect on how they provided me with a more cohesive foundation of the field, while also helping me to articulate the practical skills I am acquiring as an anthropology major and to identify tactics to “stand out” to potential employers because of my undergraduate training. I move on to suggest that these components also worked together to give me the confidence needed to participate and learn through our larger class project. In turn, this larger class project provided me with practical experiences and the opportunity to further learn about and cultivate my marketable skills. Both the course and the project we co-produced allowed me, and class participants, to reflect on, recognize, articulate, and practice the relevant skills we already possessed and those gained through anthropological studies.