Critical Thinking and Analysis
By learning to think anthropologically, program graduates will be prepared to analyze and understand human activity, sociality, and thought. Graduates will be able to uncover and explain the real conditions and social contexts of human problems and social systems of organization including economy, kinship, law, religion.
Graduates will be able to write clearly and precisely.
Program graduates will understand and apply essential frameworks of contemporary social theory to comprehend the nature of human agency and action, the relationship between actors and social structures, the role of meaning in human cognition, the relationship between people and things.
Research Skills and Methods
Graduates will gain experience with research methods used to gather, process, and interpret ethnographic data.
Original Mentored Research
Students will be able to apply their cultural, methodological, and theoretical knowledge in original research projects culminating in a high quality, theoretically informed senior thesis. This will come from research experiences that are closely mentored by faculty.
Human Cultural Diversity
Students will be able to understand and interpret diverse social and cultural worlds through empirical research and empathetic engagement.