Learning Outcomes

BA Anthropology

Graduates of the BA program in Anthropology will be expected to demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Knowledge of the major figures and debates that have shaped the discipline from its development in the late 19th century through the present.
  • Familiarity with the major theoretical movements that have influenced anthropology.
  • Ability to engage theoretical concepts and integrate them with empirical observations.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking in both oral and written analyses of anthropological debates.
  • Think critically about different ways a background in anthropology can be applied to major issues in contemporary society and the student's own life.

Assessment of these outcomes will be structured into the majors capstone course,
The Anthropology of Power. Assessments will include, but not be limited to:

  • Rigorous reading and discussion of anthropological history and theory.
  • Writing assignments and discussions constructed to challenge students to incorporate both theoretical and empirical components in their analysis.
  • Course assignments that challenge students to apply anthropological analysis to contemporary issues.
  • Course assignments that challenge students to think about anthropological applications in contemporary society.

MA & PhD Anthropology

Students graduating with a PhD in Anthropology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major arguments shaping the classic and contemporary debates in anthropological theory, and in the particular area of anthropology of interest to each student's dissertation project.
  • Construct effective presentations of findings from research projects in written, oral, and visual media formats.
  • Use key ideas from those debates to develop problem statements, plans for data-gathering and data-analysis, and statements of conclusion/ implications relevant to the student's research interest in archaeology or social-cultural anthropology.


  • Apply research findings to critical issues in contemporary society.
  • Improvement in intellectual skills, to create the groundwork for a successful career in anthropology.
  • Improvement in practical skills, to create the groundwork for a successful career in anthropology.