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Anthropology (B.A.). Program

Anthropology (B.A.). Program

Learning Outcomes


Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Master concepts central to the anthropological perspective, and effectively employ and apply the concepts and terminology of anthropology.
  2. Identify major figures in the history of anthropology, major schools/orientation of anthropological theory, and important trends in contemporary anthropological theory and methods.
  3. Approach the solution of human problems through anthropological methods.
  4. Show ability to conduct basic anthropological research involving research in a local community and/or analysis of existing scholarly resources.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through papers, exams, research proposals and poster presentations completed in one or more of the following courses: ANT 3610; ANT 3141; ANT 4034; ANT 3403; ANT 3586C; ANT 4940; and ANT 4931.

Communication Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Create and deliver effective oral presentations, employing key terms, concepts, and forms of argumentation used in anthropological discourse and evaluating their validity.
  2. Write critically about anthropological topics, employing the key terms, concepts, and forms of argumentation used in anthropological discourse and communicating informed judgments via an anthropological perspective.
  3. Contribute effectively to group discussion and demonstrate the ability to discuss anthropological ideas and solve related problems as members of small groups.

Communication skills are assessed through papers, oral presentations, posters and led discussions completed in one or more of the following courses: ANT 3610; ANT 3141; and ANT 4931.

Critical Thinking Skills

Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking and analytical abilities, and construct arguments on topics germane to the discipline of anthropology.
  2. Demonstrate sound use of research methods and techniques to advance an understanding of an anthropologically relevant question or problem.
  3. Achieve competence in technologies used by anthropologists in collecting, managing, and analyzing data, including critical assessment of web-based data.
  4. Demonstrate sound use of the standards of professional ethics espoused by the disciple of anthropology and its practitioners.

Critical thinking skills are assessed through case studies, course projects, and papers completed in one or more of the following courses: ANT 4034; ANT 3550; ANT 3403; ANT 3586C; ANT 3495; ANT 3550; ANT 3042C; ANT 3824; and ANT 4931.