Anthropology, M.A. Student Learning Outcomes

College Liberal Arts and Sciences
Major Anthropology
Degree M.A.
Date Revised May 2023

Student Learning Outcomes and Proposed Methods for Collecting Data (from Assessment Plan)

Student Learning Outcomes

Be prepared to apply for an advanced degree.​
Number Applicable Subfield Outcomes
1 All subfields Demonstrate a high level of competency in 1A) biological anthropology, 1B) linguistic anthropology, 1C) cultural anthropology and 1D) archaeology to gain entry-level employment related to that area or in settings where that knowledge is a useful ancillary asset.
1A Biological Anthropology Apply knowledge of evolutionary theory and evolutionary history to explain:
a) the process of natural selection and the factors shaping the physical body, brains, and behavior of humans and non-human primates
b) the ecology of human and non-human primates
1B Linguistic Anthropology Apply knowledge of anthropological and linguistic theory and research to explain:
a) how language reflects human relationships, shapes interactions, and relates to cognition
b) how linguistic diversity shapes human relationships and interactions
1C Cultural Anthropology Apply knowledge of anthropological theory and research to explain:
a) how cultural diversity shapes human relationships and interactions
b) the implications of bio-cultural diversity for contemporary society
1D Archaeology Apply knowledge of archaeological theory and research to explain:
a) how past cultural, linguistic, and biological diversity has shaped human societies
b) the implications of the past and the practice of archaeology for contemporary society
2 All subfields Demonstrate a recognition of the multiple roles and challenges of using anthropology to understandm critique, and oppose social injustices and inequities as found in our research and in our contemporary world.
3 All subfields Develop an original research project and prepare written summaries and reports on the project.
4 All subfields Effectively communicate the results of a research project to peers or other professionals in an oral presentation.
5 All subfields Comprehend
a) basic statistical analyses (for archaeology and biological anthropology students)
b) a second language (for cultural and linguistic students)
6 All subfields Be prepared for employment in an area of anthropology.
7 All subfields Be prepared to apply for an advanced degree.

Methods of Assessment

  • Writing Assessment (1)
  • Comprehensive Exam (1)
  • Qualifying Exam (1)
  • Proposal (3,5)
  • Oral Defense Thesis (4,7)
  • Statistics or Language Classes (5)
  • Alumni Surveys (6)
  • Grad program admission (7)

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AAE updated May 2023

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