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Anthropology Department Learning Outcomes

Synthesize arguments and lines of thought relevant to the human condition.

  • Students are able to analyze and describe the importance of meaning and interpretation in relation to cultural, biological, archaeological and linguistic analyses of the human condition.
  • Students are able to analyze relationships between past and present, local and global dimensions of human behavior and social life.
  • Students are able to recognize the consequences of power and inequality within and between societies.
 

Articulate key themes and concerns within the four sub-disciplines of cultural, biological, archaeological, and linguistic anthropology.

  • Students are able to explain the importance of human culture for individuals and social groups.
  • Students are able to evaluate the evidence for evolution in the human species over the past eight million years.
  • Students are able to analyze the material remainders of the human past and describe the importance of archaeological artifacts.
    Students are able to explain the role of language in creating worldview and social meanings.

Demonstrate ability to clearly communicate verbally and in writing.

  • Students are able to construct analytical essays and research papers with clearly delineated logical arguments and clear rhetorical structure.
  • Students are able to use proper technique in written work, including the use of citations and bibliography, correct grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Students are able to deliver a presentation based on anthropological research to a classroom audience. 

Demonstrate ability to understand and apply theory in anthropology.

  • Students are able to demonstrate a critical understanding of anthropological concepts and correct usage of terminology within the discipline.
  • Students should be able to evaluate anthropologic texts and understand and describe the major principles, controversies, and critiques.
  • Students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of diverse ways of being human, past and present.

Demonstrate ability to conduct research in anthropology.

  • Students are able to demonstrate an appreciation and knowledge of ethical practice in anthropological research.
  • Students are able to demonstrate the ability to synthesize and analyze multiple authors, perspectives and arguments.
  • Students should be able demonstrate a complex understanding of anthropological methodology in at least one of the four sub-disciplines.