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Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Undergraduate degree in Applied Anthropology, students will demonstrate:

Upon completion of the anthropology major, and regardless of concentration (cultural, archaeology or biocultural), students will be able to:
•    Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in interpersonal and cross-cultural interactions;
•    Define cultural relativity and ethnocentrism and explain how these concepts can either inform or hinder the understanding of different worldviews and practices;
•    Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in groups where not all members share an identical worldview.

Cultural Anthropology Concentration
: Upon completion of the cultural concentration, students will be able to:
•    List and describe basic concepts in cultural anthropology and apply them to different social groups and social processes;
•    Identify unequal relationships of power within groups, within societies, and globally;
•    Conduct ethnographic research, analyze outcomes, and communicate findings in both oral and written formats.

Biocultural Anthropology Concentration: Upon completion of the biocultural concentration, students will be able to:
•    Identify the three interconnected influences of the biocultural approach -- evolutionary biology, political-economy and culture -- and discuss how an integrated biocultural framework informs theoretical and applied research in human variation, human biology, and medical anthropology;
•    Trace the historical development of the "new" biocultural synthesis, and describe how it has informed the anthropological discipline generally and medical anthropology more specifically;
•    Write and defend, both verbally and in written format, thesis statements that successfully use the biocultural paradigm.
 
Archaeology Concentration
: Upon completion of the archaeology concentration, students will be able to:
•    Demonstrate the field and laboratory skills necessary to collect, analyze, and curate the material remains of past cultures and their environments, and to interpret those remains within the context of current archaeological theory;
•    Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the diversity of past cultures and life ways dating to the prehistoric and early historic eras of North America, and be able to place specific sites within their environmental and culture-historical context.
•    Discuss ethical issues and legal responsibilities concerning cultural resource management, and demonstrate the ability to follow professional standards for the acquisition, study, and curation of prehistoric and historic cultural remains.

Upon completion of the MA degree in Applied Anthropology, students will demonstrate:

Outcome 1: Knowledge: Substantive knowledge of the discipline, including theory, skills and research methods.

Outcome 2: Research / Scholarship: The ability to conduct anthropological research that makes a substantial contribution to the knowledge of the discipline. 

Outcome 3: Professional Experience: Experience in the practice and application of anthropological theory and methods outside of an academic setting.

Outcome 4: Ethical Conduct: Familiarity with appropriate ethical standards in anthropological research, teaching, and service. 

Upon completion of the Ph.D. degree in Applied Anthropology, students will demonstrate:

Outcome 1: Knowledge: Substantive knowledge of the discipline, including theory, skills and research methods.

Outcome 2: Research / Scholarship: The ability to conduct original anthropological research that makes an original and substantial contribution to the knowledge of the discipline. 

Outcome 3: Professional Experience: Experience in the practice and application of anthropological theory and methods outside of an academic setting.

Outcome 4: Ethical Conduct: Familiarity with appropriate ethical standards in anthropological research, teaching, and service. 

Outcome 5: Teaching / Leadership: Effectiveness in teaching or providing leadership in anthropological theory, methods and skills in a classroom or fieldwork setting.

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