Department Goals and Objectives

Goals are broad statements that describe what the program wants to accomplish

  1. Students will acquire knowledge of anthropological concepts and will be able to analyze the interconnections among politics, economics, kinship and family, religion, and expressive and artistic forms within social contexts.
  2. Students will gain proficiency in the use of anthropological and ethnographic methods, and learn to apply anthropological frameworks to research projects.
  3. Students will learn how to recognize and critically discuss the relationship of anthropological arguments, debates, and scholarship to major paradigmatic traditions in disciplinary anthropology.
  4. Students will be able to relativize taken-for-granted concepts and institutions in their own social world, question the universality of meanings and practices, and critically engage non-academic versions of anthropological theories.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate

  • SLO1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic anthropological concepts and demonstrate that they can relativize taken-for-granted concepts and institutions in their own social worlds.
  • SLO2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to utilize anthropological or ethnographic methods.
  • SLO3: Students will demonstrate knowledge of major theoretical paradigms and/or longstanding and continuing debates in anthropology.
  • SLO4: Students will independently choose a research topic and develop, carry out, and write an anthropological or ethnographic project.