The First Gen Next transitions program provides guided and instructed support for first-generation college students within the School of Human Evolution and Social Change. There are many support services across campus to help students transition to the college environment – including First Year Success and University Academic Success Programs. However, the goal of this pilot program is to ensure that junior scholars understand how to access these services and to create a smaller community of peers who are focused on building knowledge and skills to transition into careers after completing their bachelor’s degree.

Junior scholars who are selected for the program will take a two-semester sequence of courses starting in the fall semester. They will earn 1 credit, and anthropology and global health students will satisfy the practicum degree requirements.

Fall or Spring Semester – Career Preparation

ASB 394 First Gen Next: Career Prep | 1 credit | meets once per week

  • Explore unique challenges facing first-generation students and how to overcome them
  • Identify career opportunities and internships
  • Access on campus resources and support services
  • Create powerful resumes and cover letters
  • Find mentors and learn how develop professional networks

Questions? Contact Alissa Ruth, program director

How to apply


This program is ideal for students who are sophomores, juniors, seniors and transfer students who are seeking to build connections to fellow students, faculty and staff while figuring out what to do after graduation. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Declared major or minor in anthropology or global health
  • Have 24 college credits completed by the start of the program in fall semester
  • Be in good academic standing with a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Be a first-generation college student (a student whose parent/guardian(s) has not received a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree)


  • Email the following information:
    • Your name and ASU ID number (ten digit number that starts with 1)
    • A brief note about why you are interested in signing up for the program (2-5 sentences)
    • Attach an unofficial transcript to the application (download from MyASU>My Classes>Grades & Transcripts>Unofficial Transcript)
  • Students will be notified via email and cleared to register for courses within 48 business hours