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UNCG Student Learning Outcomes

Anthropology (BA)


The mission of the UNCG Department of Anthropology is to strive for excellence in research, teaching, and service. We are firmly committed to the pursuit of anthropological knowledge and we seek to engage our students in a productive, humanistic, and applicable exploration of human experience. We seek to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to accomplish their personal goals whether they seek advanced graduate study or the practical application of anthropological knowledge in the workplace. Through their teaching and research, the faculty is committed to: fostering the critical learning skills necessary for students to integrate theory with practical application; incorporating students into new and ongoing research efforts as a way of nurturing creative problem-solving skills through hands-on experience; promoting active and responsible community engagement on both local and international levels through participation in ongoing research projects; advancing a clearer understanding of foundational anthropological themes such as the value of human diversity, cultural tolerance, understanding and respect; and exploring new and realistic solutions to social problems through direct interaction with local and international agencies and communities.

Learning Outcomes

Written Communication
Students will produce a major (2500-3500 words) written document in AAA format that exhibits appropriate citations from the anthropological literature and demonstrates clear writing and a coherent argument. To be assessed via ATY 495 paper. This SLO is scored separately for each of the following attributes of Written Communication:

A. Grammar. Clear and understandable writing as demonstrated by proper spelling, understanding of grammatical rules, and proper usage. Agreement between verbs and subjects; consistent and appropriate use of verb tenses, voices, and moods; words are spelled correctly; proper usage and spelling of homonyms (e.g., cite, site, sight); proper selection of similar terms with distinct meanings (e.g., affect and effect when used as either nouns and verbs, that or which); proper punctuation (e.g., difference between commas, colons and semi-colons), and complete sentences.
1. Many sentences have one or more grammatical/spelling mistakes.
2. Many paragraphs have one or more grammatical/spelling mistakes.
3. Many pages have one or a few grammatical/spelling mistakes.
4. Few or no grammatical/spelling mistakes in entire paper.

B. Organization. Sentence and paragraph structure contribute to successful overall organization of the paper. Paper is well organized with beginning, middle and end and with clear thesis statement and supporting evidence.
1. The paper lacks overall organization and purpose. A thesis or clear argument is lacking.
2. A thesis or argument is proposed, but sentences and paragraphs are not well constructed and ordered to create, support, or refute the stated thesis or argument.
3. The paper is organized but lacking in some minor organizational details.
4. The paper is well organized with a clear beginning, middle and end that together contribute to a coherent and convincing argument.

C. Format. Demonstrate proper usage of standard AAA bibliographic format for in-text citations and references.
1. The majority of either in-text citations or references are incorrectly formatted.
2. Most references and in-text citations are properly formatted, but a substantial number are incorrectly formatted.
3. Only a few references or in-text citations are incorrectly formatted.
4. All in-text citations and references are correctly formatted according to AAA style guidelines.

Critical Analysis
Critical Analysis: Students will be able to read, critically analyze, and coherently discuss arguments in the anthropological literature. To be assessed via ATY 495 paper.

1. An argument is not clearly stated or situated within anthropological discourse, assumptions and context are lacking, and argumentation and conclusions are specious or non-existent.
2. An argument is stated but without clear understanding of underlying assumptions and context, argumentation may be lacking detail or specificity, and conclusions are tentative.
3. An argument is stated and explained in an acceptable fashion.
4. A clear statement of the problem is followed by an articulate and logical evaluation of evidence for and against it, with well-supported conclusions.

Students will be able to synthesize a variety of anthropological ideas and data in order to independently create an appropriate anthropological research project in either a library, field, or applied setting. To be assessed via a project in a Methods course (e.g., ATY 360, 361, or 362).

1. Project reflects little understanding of anthropological ideas, lacks data or analysis, and fails to identify an appropriate topic.
2. Project deals with an appropriate anthropological idea or topic, but suffers from lack of relevant data, weak analysis or logical flaws in argument.
3. Project identifies an appropriate topic of anthropological interest and provides relevant data or perspective but doesn’t provide a clearly or strongly supported argument or conclusion.
4. Research project that identifies an appropriate anthropological idea or topic, presents relevant data and appropriate analysis, and creates a strong, clear, and coherent argument. .

Oral Communication
Students will be able to orally communicate the results of an independent anthropological project. To be assessed via ATY 495 oral presentations.

1. Poor organization, routine or unimaginative use of language, delivery techniques detract from the effectiveness of the presentation.
2. Organization and argument are adequate but presentation is halting and less than fluent.
3. Organization is evident, message is convincing, and language is appropriate.
4. Well organized talk with imaginative language that enhances its effectiveness.

Students will demonstrate understanding of anthropological theory with a paper that presents a balanced analysis of a major (current or historical) theoretical approach within the field. To be assessed via ATY 363 paper.

1. Student identifies a theoretical approach within Anthropology.
2. Student describes a theoretical approach within Anthropology.
3. Student explains a theoretical approach within Anthropology.
4. Student evaluates a theoretical approach within Anthropology. .

Study Abroad or Field Experience
Anthropology students will seek out and take advantage of opportunities to gain a global perspective on their education through study abroad and to experience hands-on anthropological work through field experiences.

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