Department Learning Outcomes

What Does It Mean to be Human?
An Anthropological Perspective


Anthropology offers a broad, comparative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of human life in all its complexity, past and present. The major in anthropology is designed to nurture critical, intercultural, and reflexive perspectives as part of a liberal education and to prepare students for graduate study and for a wide range of careers in an increasingly complex and changing world. The major offers the opportunity to examine social problems and controversies through a historical and cross-cultural perspective in order to help anthropology majors become more informed citizens, both globally and locally.


Major Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

1.   Use a holistic perspective to understand how different facets of culture and society interrelate.

2.   Describe the kinds of questions anthropologists pose and the main intellectual trends, theoretical developments, and key concepts in anthropology.

3.   Describe and critically evaluate the key methods used by anthropologists, and apply those methods to gather and analyze data.

4.   Describe the ethical principles and practices that guide anthropological inquiry and cross-cultural interaction.

5.   Analyze identity, difference, and inequality and how they are culturally and historically constructed.


Minor Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the ability to:

1.   Use a holistic perspective to understand how different facets of culture and society interrelate.

2.   Describe the kinds of questions anthropologists pose and the main intellectual trends, theoretical developments, and key concepts in anthropology.

3.   Describe and critically evaluate the key methods used by anthropologists to gather and analyze data.

4.   Describe the ethical principles and practices that guide anthropological inquiry and cross-cultural interaction.

5.   Analyze identity, difference, and inequality and how they are culturally and historically constructed.