Program Learning Outcomes

A student who graduates with a B.A. in Anthropology has the following knowledge and skills:

Core Concepts in Anthropology

  • The student demonstrates understanding of the core concepts in three primary sub-fields of anthropology: cultural anthropology, archaeology, and physical anthropology.

Knowledge of Cultural Differences

  • The student demonstrates knowledge of cultural variation and the diversity of perspectives, practices, and beliefs found within each culture and across cultures.

Integration of Sub-Fields

  • The student integrates cultural, biological, and archaeological perspectives on human bodies, behavior, and institutions.

Written Communication

  • The student demonstrates the ability to write clearly and to formulate well organized arguments that are grounded in supporting evidence while countering evidence that contradicts the student’s claims.

Oral Communication

  • The student is able to organize ideas and information and articulate them effectively.

Research & Analytical Skills

  • The student demonstrates knowledge of basic steps involved in scholarly research, including locating and critically evaluating scholarly and other information sources relevant to the chosen topic. The student can recognize and demonstrate a basic understanding of research methods used in the various subfields of anthropology, including but not limited to participant observation, thick description, lab and field analysis, and interviewing.

Understanding of Long-Term Changes in Human Behavior and Conditions in Deep Time

  • The student has a grasp of long term changes in the conditions that have shaped humans and the environments they inhabit.