Anthropology Learning Outcomes

A) To help students develop the intellectual skills which are at the center of all liberal arts
education:
• The capacity to think deeply, critically, logically
• The ability to evaluate claims to truth and to make educated, defensible judgments
under conditions of uncertainty and complexity
• The capacity to use information resources and to learn new information
independently
• The ability to express one’s thoughts in writing and speech
B) To give students a basic knowledge of the current state of knowledge in cultural
anthropology and a general familiarity with majors debates of the past
C) To give students an understanding of the methods of anthropological inquiry and the
ability to carry about independent research and apply those methods in a real field setting;
ideally, the student should be able to carry out research in a cross-cultural setting
D) To instill in our students an appreciation for the complexities of culture and society,
including the way that cultural beliefs are linked to power relations as well as for the
many ways that culture shapes one’s own behavior and the behavior of others
E) To give our students direct, immersive experience of living in, and conducting
research in, another culture