Learning Outcomes | Anthropology

After Pacific | Students with degrees in anthropology work in business and corporate sectors, as well as in education, research and nonprofit organizations, such as the Peace Corps. Others attend graduate school throughout the world, in fields such as medical or applied anthropology.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete majors in Anthropology-Sociology have the ability to carry out independent senior research projects and to present projects in coherent oral and written form to be evaluated by peers and by the faculty. Students also have the ability to carry out similar collaborative projects. It is presumed that these abilities are a foundation for one's life and career.

In order to do this, students will:

  • Employ the anthropological thinking to describe how an individuals' life experiences are shaped by social structures and categories (e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the major questions, concepts, ethical issues, and methodologies that inform the field of anthropology
  • Apply anthropological concepts and theories to understand contemporary social issues and/or public debates about these issues
  • Use anthropological research methods (e.g., interviews, participant observation, field notes) to develop an understanding of social life, organization, and change
  • Communicate anthropological concepts and/or research in a manner that is appropriate for the intended audience (e.g., academic, lay audience)

Program Purpose

The Anthropology-Sociology major is offered through the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Also offered through this department is a major in Sociology. Minors are available in Sociology, Anthropology and Comparative Religion. The major in Anthropology-Sociology recognizes that both fields share a common philosophical and theoretical history. Both share a concern for the social and cultural conditions of human life. The fundamental aims of the major in Anthropology-Sociology are to provide students with the analytical perspectives for the systematic understanding of human social and cultural existence and to prepare students for graduate education and professional employment in which cultural diversity and cross-cultural understanding is essential.