Learning Outcomes

Program Goals

Anthropology's Program Goals align with the University's Core Values [and those of the College of Arts and Sciences] as follows:

  1. Knowledge of and in the Discipline
  2. Skills in the Discipline
  3. Values of the Discipline

To nurture student understanding of anthropology as a science, and as a fundamental means to appreciate human and other primate diversity.

Anthropology Mission Statement

Academic Excellence:

Goals A, B and C all incorporate this Core Value by pursuing the highest standards of teaching the discipline and critical skills, and by promoting an understanding of the value of diversity—locally, globally and across primate species


Goals A, B, and C all incorporate this Core Value by nurturing intellectual development, fostering an ability to grasp complex issues and reaching informed opinions about humans and other primates


Goal C directly addresses this Core Value, both locally and globally by integrating culture-historical human concepts of community into the Anthropology curriculum

Ethical Conduct:

All three Goals address this Core Value by promoting the learning of the evolution of primate species, the necessity of understanding human interaction with the rest of the living world, and the value of diverse cultural behaviors

Compassionate Service:

Goal C addresses this Core Value, both locally and globally by teaching about diverse cultural justice and peacemaking systems over time and space

Student Learning Outcomes

A. Content Knowledge in the Discipline

  • Learn the theories and methods of the major areas of Anthropology
  • Learn the history of the discipline

B. Skills in the Discipline

  • Learn how research methods are applied to the study of archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology
  • Develop communication skills, especially the ability to
    • write in the styles of the AAA, AJPA and SAA
    • present papers and posters at professional meetings
    • prepare a Curriculum Vitae, statements of purpose and intent, application letters for fieldwork and graduate schools, grant proposals, research designs and peer-review documents
  • Learn how the Scientific Method works and when to use it

C. Values of the Discipline

  • Global consciousness
    • understand biological and cultural perspectives of diversity
    • appreciate the implications for the chronic global loss of diversity
  • Application of anthropological theory to real-life situations