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Skidmore College
Anthropology Department

Student Learning Goals

Below are the departmental learning goals mapped to College-wide goals for student learning.

Graduates of Skidmore’s anthropology program should be able to draw on anthropological information and ideas to address the complexities of the following questions:

  • How is anthropological knowledge created? (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIIa)
  • What are the origins of the human species and culture? (Ia, Ib, Ic)
  • What are sources of change? (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIIa, IIIb)
  • How does anthropology help us understand human history? (Ia, Ib, Ic)
  • What is the relationship between biology and culture? (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIb, Iva)
  • How do anthropologists understand human biological and cultural diversity? (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIb, IId, IIIa, IIIb)
  • How do humans create meaning? (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIIb, Iva)
  • What is the place of humans in the natural world? (Ia, Ib, Ic, IId, Iva)
  • What are the intersections between the local and the global? (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIb, IId, IIIa, IIIb, IIId, Iva)
  • How are identities formed in relation to gender, class, race, and sexuality? (Ia, Ib, Ic, IId, IIIa, IIIb)
  • What is the relationship between the individual and society? (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIc, IId, IIIa, IIIb, Iva)
  • How can anthropology engage current world issues? (Ia, Ib, Ic, IIa, IIb, IIc, IId, IIIa, IIIb, IIId, IVa, IVb, IVd)

In the course of their studies, anthropology students will acquire the following skills:

  • Use anthropological concepts and ideas to think critically, challenge cultural generalizations and stereotypes, and productively engage cultural difference. (Ib, IIa, IId, IIIc, IIId, IVa)
  • Understand contemporary anthropology in the light of its history. (Ia, Ic, IIb, IIIb)
  • Employ methods of data collection, conduct data analysis, and write evidence-based reports and papers. (IIb, IIc, IIIc)
  • Employ theoretical concepts in writing. (IIc, IIIc, IIId)
  • Follow the writing conventions in anthropology. (IIc, IIe)
  • Integrate visual information in papers and reports. (IIb, IIc, IIIc)
  • Effectively deliver oral presentations. (IIc, IIIc, IVb)
  • Relate the anthropology major to current world issues. (IId, IIe, IIIa, IIIb, IIIc, IIId, IVa, IVb)
  • Relate the anthropology major to life after Skidmore. (IId, IIe, IIIa, IIIb, IIIc, IIId, IVa, IVb)