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Undergraduate 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 a broad and comparative understanding of humanity, the diversity of world cultures; 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of core tenets of the  four-field approach (sociocultural, archaeological, linguistics and biological) within anthropology as a discipline;       
  • Demonstrate the skills necessary to collect, analyze, and interpret data relevant to one or more of the subfields of anthropology within the context of anthropological theory;      
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow ethical and professional standards for cultural sensitivity in interpersonal and cross-cultural interactions.

Cultural Anthropology Concentration.  Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to:

  •  Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the various building blocks of culture, including subsistence, sacred and secular rituals, economies, technology, arts, language, and social institutions;
  • Engage in ethnographic research, analyze outcomes, and communicate findings in both oral and written formats; and
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow ethical and professional standards for cultural sensitivity in interpersonal and cross-cultural interactions, as well as the ability to work effectively in groups where not all members share an identical worldview.

Biocultural Anthropology Concentration.  Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to:

  •  Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the ways evolutionary biology, political-economy and culture interact to influence human health and behavior over time and in cross-cultural perspective;
  • Demonstrate the field and laboratory skills necessary to collect, analyze, and interpret the intersections of human biomarker and ethnographic data within the contexts of current biocultural methods and theory; and
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow professional standards for cultural sensitivity in interpersonal and cross-cultural interactions, as well as in the ethical and non-coercive treatment of human research participants.

Archaeology Concentration.  Upon completion of the degree, students will be able to:

  • Successfully employ the field and laboratory skills necessary to collect, analyze, and curate the material remains of past cultures and their environments, and interpret those remains within the context of current archaeological theory.
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the diversity of past cultures and lifeways 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.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues and legal responsibilities concerning cultural resource management, and be prepared to follow professional standards for the acquisition, study, and curation of prehistoric and historic cultural remains.

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