Learning Outcomes - 2021-2022

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Anthropology

Anthropology, Master of Arts

Learning Outcomes:

Purpose Statement
Anthropology integrates scientific and humanistic approaches to the study of people and culture informing our two goals:  

  1. to support global citizenship through information, skills, and perspectives that build cross-cultural awareness and increase the ability to identify our own cultural assumptions, and
  2. to promote an engaged anthropology that addresses the contemporary challenges of our local and global communities.

The scope of the program encompasses past, present, and future perspectives on the human condition, within the subfields of archaeology, socio-cultural, linguistic, and biological anthropology.
The content focuses on the range of human cultural and biological diversity through anthropology’s core concepts, theories, methods, and major debates. Skills developed include: critical thinking, research methods and analysis, effective writing, and constructive dialogue.
Student focused learning experiences include innovative coursework, research opportunities, community engagement, laboratory and field training, and internships.
The Sociocultural Concentration focuses on the range of human cultural diversity and anthropological perspectives, ethics, and theory. It covers the intersections of language and discourse, kinship, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, religion, economics, social inequality, politics, environment, culture change, and globalization. The skills developed included: critical reading and writing, effective communication skills, cross-cultural and holistic perspectives, analysis of culture, and ethical awareness.
The Archaeology Concentration focuses on the interdisciplinary understanding of past human lives through the scientific study of material culture and biological remains using applicable theories in archaeology within a broader framework of heritage management. Skills acquired in this emphasis are field, lab, and curatorial methods as they apply to archaeological questions, interpreting the appropriate regulatory context for archaeological projects, and evaluating ethical dilemmas in archaeology.
The program prepares students for a range of professional careers in government, private sector, non-profit, and community-based organizations in addition to graduate and professional degree programs.
The master’s program is best suited for students interested in careers in cultural resource and heritage management, human resources, health, development, and academia.

Student Learning Outcomes 

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