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Undergraduate Learning Outcomes

All Concentrations: Upon completion of the anthropology major, and regardless of concentration (cultural, archaeology or biocultural), students will be able to:

•    Demonstrate cultural sensitivity in interpersonal and cross-cultural interactions;
•    Define cultural relativity and ethnocentrism and explain how these concepts can either inform or hinder the understanding of different worldviews and practices;
•    Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in groups where not all members share an identical worldview.

Cultural Anthropology Concentration
: Upon completion of the cultural concentration, students will be able to:
•    List and describe basic concepts in cultural anthropology and apply them to different social groups and social processes;
•    Identify unequal relationships of power within groups, within societies, and globally;
•    Conduct ethnographic research, analyze outcomes, and communicate findings in both oral and written formats.

Biocultural Anthropology Concentration: Upon completion of the biocultural concentration, students will be able to:
•    Identify the three interconnected influences of the biocultural approach -- evolutionary biology, political-economy and culture -- and discuss how an integrated biocultural framework informs theoretical and applied research in human variation, human biology, and medical anthropology;
•    Trace the historical development of the "new" biocultural synthesis, and describe how it has informed the anthropological discipline generally and medical anthropology more specifically;
•    Write and defend, both verbally and in written format, thesis statements that successfully use the biocultural paradigm.
Archaeology Concentration
: Upon completion of the archaeology concentration, students will be able to:
•    Demonstrate the field and laboratory skills necessary to collect, analyze, and curate the material remains of past cultures and their environments, and to interpret those remains within the context of current archaeological theory;
•    Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the diversity of past cultures and life ways dating to the prehistoric and early historic eras of North America, and be able to place specific sites within their environmental and culture-historical context.
•    Discuss ethical issues and legal responsibilities concerning cultural resource management, and demonstrate the ability to follow professional standards for the acquisition, study, and curation of prehistoric and historic cultural remains.

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