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Anthropology: Undergraduate Programs


The School of Anthropology (SOA) serves undergraduate students in diverse ways, emphasizing courses and other learning opportunities for 368 students who major in anthropology, and 100 students who minor in Anthropology.  Most majors earn BA degrees, although in 2010 we also introduced two BS degrees with different foci:  Human Biology and Archaeology. The flexible, diversified major reflects disciplinary principles and trends while allowing each student to create an individualized program of study. The SOA Academic Program Review (spring semester 2011), on file in Haury 210, provides additional information.

Student outcomes assessment activities include: 1) evaluations by undergraduate students (senior survey and one-on-one interviews); and 2) evaluations by alumni (on-line survey and one-on-one interactions). Findings and changes made on the basis of findings highlight improvements in curriculum, more opportunities for research and professional training, increased scholarship and research awards, enhanced special events, and more effective communication with the Advising Office.

Expected Learning Outcomes: 

Lifetime Learning Outcomes

  • Lifetime learning outcomes encourage undergraduate students to maximize abilities to function as informed citizens in multicultural local, national, and global societies and to prepare for lifetime learning.
  • Achieve independent learning
  • Evaluate existing information; gain knowledge, developproblem-solving and research skills, including quantitative skills
  • Communicate ideas and data effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Develop individualized anthropological perspective; apply knowledge of sociocultural, linguistic, and biological diversity in the past and present to activities in everyday life, including those related to families, responsible citizenship, and professional careers

Scholarly Achievement Outcomes

Scholarly achievement outcomes encourage undergraduate students to become proficient in anthropology.

  • Understand major themes in anthropology with special emphasis on human diversity from our species' origin to modern worldwide populations
  • Acquire knowledge of principles and primary data in each of the four principal subfields and appreciate their interconnections (sociocultural anthropology; linguistic anthropology; archaeology; and biological anthropology) and understand professional ethics
  • Write research designs, grant proposals, and budgets via scholarship and research proposal competition

Academic Enrichment Outcomes

Academic enrichment outcomes encourage undergraduate students to participate in the anthropological community and achieve a sense of belonging that promotes long-term commitment to anthropology as a discipline and the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona.

  • Interact with faculty members and peers in both academic and social settings
  • Pursue opportunities for research and other professional training in the School  of Anthropology, Arizona State Museum, Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology, and larger community for graduate-level academic programs and the “graduate student experience”
  • Investigate careers that use anthropological ideas and data as part of employment searches
  • Understand importance of outcomes assessment for improvement of undergraduate student education.
Assessment Activities: 

Regular or Recurring Activities

Special or Occasional Activities

Updated date: Fri, 02/04/2011 - 15:49