Department Learning Goals

The Department of Anthropology adopted the following learning goals for seniors graduating with its majors in Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology and Evolutionary Anthropology:

  1. Students gain knowledge that will allow them to identify, explain, and historically contextualize the primary objectives, fundamental concepts, modes of analysis, and central questions in their major field and demonstrate proficiency in their use of this knowledge. 
  2. Students are able to demonstrate proficiency in the use critical thinking skills.
  3. Students are able to demonstrate proficiency using current methods in their major fields, including library research skills.
  4. Students are able to express themselves knowledgably and proficiently in writing about central issues in their major field.
  5. Students are able to express themselves knowledgably and proficiently in speaking about central issues in their major field.

Starting in Spring 2015, assignments like major papers and presentations that are explicitly linked to these major-level learning goals will begin to be identified on the syllabi of 300-level courses in addition to specific learning goals or objectives for each course.