Goals of the anthropology discipline:
1) The anthropology curriculum (with support from sociology courses) is designed to acquaint students with the concerns, theories, and methods of the discipline that provides a comparative understanding of the range of human cultures and societies - past and present, throughout the world - in both humanistic and scientific terms. Anthropology is also concerned with biological variation among human populations and with human evolution, including the development of the human capacity for creating and acquiring culture.
2) In addition to gaining familiarity with – and competency in – anthropology as a science, students are expected to understand how human values relate broadly to the theories, methods, and data of the field, including respect for both non-Western and Western cultures.
3) The courses are designed to meet the GER and other needs of liberal arts students.
4) The courses also meet the needs of anthropology and sociology majors and students preparing for graduate school.
Evaluation of goal attainment:
1) Goal 1 is attained through successful completion of the major, which includes one course each in introductory cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology, methodology and theory, as well as several courses in specific subject areas of anthropology, from women in Latin America, through contemporary American Indian societies, to ancient American civilizations. The methodology and theory courses serve as a capstone experience for students, tying together previous classes in a greater understanding of the overall concerns, theories and methods of the discipline. Students are evaluated in each class for the competency in that area, through examinations, papers, presentations, laboratory activities, discussion in class, and individual discussion.
2) Goal 2 is achieved through the successful integration of graduates in a rapidly changing and diverse society, as well as their ability to make informed, careful, and reasoned decisions in complex human situations. Students are evaluated in individual classes, with particular emphasis on their successful integration of previous knowledge in the method and theory courses.
3) Anthropology teaches three lower-level service courses that allow liberal arts students in and outside the major to meet their GER. These are Anth 1111, Intro to Cultural Anthropology (SS), Anth 2101, Physical Anthropology (Sci-L), and Anth 2103, Archaeology (SS). Between these courses, some 140 students can fulfill GER requirements each year, without required prerequisites in anthropology. Additionally, anthropology offers courses that fulfill the IP, HDiv, and Envt requirements.
4) Preparation for graduate school (Goal 4) is attained through successful completion of the major, particularly the methodology and theory courses that prepare students to undertake independent research. Our success in meeting this goal is evaluated through the number of students who are admitted to and successful in graduate programs. Prior to that, students are evaluated in each class, as in #1.