BA Anthropology Program Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcome

Operationalized Assessment Objectives

1. Knowledge. Understanding culture as the distinguishing phenomenon of human life, and the relationship between biology and evolution

  • Ability to analyze a particular social situation as a sociocultural system.
  • Ability to analyze a physical trait or behavior, demonstrating how biology and culture are mutually interdependent factors.
  • Ability to frame inquiry around major anthropological ideas.
  • Ability to do cross cultural comparisons.
  • Ability to identify environmental, biological, material, and cognitive processes related to culture change.

2. Awareness of human diversity and the ways humans have organized diversity

  • Ability to identify “race” as a social construct within the context of human physical variation.
  • Ability to problematize classification systems.

3. Knowledge of significant findings of archaeology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology, and cognizance of the important issues in each sub-discipline.

  • Demonstrate literacy of world ethnographic, archaeological, and physical anthropological studies and findings—a least 10 ethnographies, at least 10 archaeological sites, and at least 10 major finds in biological anthropology.
  • Ability to synthesize information for different areas of anthropology.

4. Knowledge of the history of anthropological thought and its place in modern intellectual history.

  • Ability to identify key explanations and individual thinkers and their contributions to anthropological thought, and communicate this information.
  • Describe connections and influences of other disciplines on anthropology and communicate this information.
  • Recognize the larger social and historic contexts that influence anthropological thought and practice, and communicate this information.

5.Comprehension of migration, colonialism, and economic integration as significant phenomenon shaping global society.

  • Ability to identify global social systems, and analyze historic forces and events that shape them.
  • Ability to use maps effectively
  • Ability to track consequences of population movements.

6. Skills. Ability to access various forms of anthropological data and literature.

  • Ability to access and use library sources.
  • Ability to access, evaluate, and appropriately use internet resources (i.e., census data).
  • Ability to cite using appropriate formats (American Anthropological Association or Society for American Archaeology or comparable style).

7. Awareness of importance and value of anthropological knowledge in contemporary society, and the ability to apply it to social issues.

  • Ability to access, evaluate, and critically use public sources of information.
  • Ability to analyze social issues from an anthropological perspective—considering cultural, social, and biological perspectives.
  • Ability to identify and adopt multiple points of view.

8. Knowledge of the research methods of the sub-disciplines of anthropology, and the ability to apply appropriate research methods in at least one sub-discipline.

  • Ability to identify anthropological research methods and link methods to particular kinds of inquiry.
  • Demonstrate competency in one methodology.

9. Ability to present and communicate anthropological knowledge and the results of anthropological research to different audiences.

  • Develop effective speeches and /or short statements that illustrate anthropological approaches.
  • Ability to identify, evaluate, and appropriately gauge different audiences—imagined or experienced.

10. Professional Values.  Knowledge of political and ethical implications of social research.

  • Ability to identify history of ethical engagement in anthropology.
  • Ability to analyze the relationship of anthropological inquiry to human values.
  • Students will perform assignments with academic integrity.
  • Use of informed consent, confidentiality, and human subjects protection in every project.