Graduate Programs

Student Learning Outcomes

Master of Arts in Anthropology (M.A.)

Students completing the Anthropology Master's program will demonstrate the following outcomes:

  • Knowledge Base of Anthropology: All students are required to demonstrate knowledge of the history of the discipline of Anthropology and of the key theoretical models that have informed the field.
  • Research Methods in Anthropology: The student will be required to demonstrate their mastery of basic anthropological research methods.
  • Ability to Design a Research Proposal: Students will identify a key question for investigation, define its anthropological dimensions, link it to anthropological scholarly trends, and design an appropriate methodology with which to execute that research.
  • Ability to Carry Out Applied Research: Students will design and carry out approved research in collaboration with an agency or organization.
  • Diversity: Students will have an understanding of human diversity in culture based on cross-cultural comparison.
  • Civic Engagement: Students will be expected to work collaboratively with a number of community-based organizations in collaborative relationships; students will be expected to produce work that, in addition to its scholarly merit, serves the interests and needs of a range of communities.
  • Writing Skills: Students are expected to write at a scholarly level appropriate for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Speaking Skills: Students are expected to be able to present their work in a range of scholarly settings including academic conferences, symposia and other fora.
  • Technology: Students are expected to be able to use computers for a range of purposes including: statistical calculations (when appropriate), creation of academic posters, use of software for transcription of interviews, qualitative analysis of data.
  • Human Subjects Protection: All students working with human subjects will take and pass the human subjects CITI test for Social/Behavioral Researchers (Stage 1) and have their individual research projects approved by the appropriate IRB body.