Anthropology B.A. Program Outcomes
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY-ANTHROPOLOGY
The Sociology/Anthropology Department is a diverse, integrated department that includes programs in Anthropology, Criminology, Cultural Studies, and Sociology. The center of the department’s collaborative integration is an interdisciplinary core of social science and humanistic theory and methodology that characterizes these disciplines. By examining human societies and cultures in ways that are empirical, diverse, analytic, comparative-historical, and critical, we serve not only our majors and minors but the larger liberal arts mission of UMD.
Unifying themes include inequality, identity, power, social change and development, and global multiculturalism. The department values community engagement, international study, undergraduate and graduate research, and cross cultural comparison in its curriculum and faculty research to develop these themes.
We recognize that our graduates will inhabit a world of constant, dramatic change. We are therefore committed to foster active learners who are able to take their educations into their own hands. We also recognize and honor the historic commitment of our disciplines to examine social arrangements critically and to promote active citizenship.
Department of Sociology-Anthropology
The Sociology-Anthropology department maintains a collaborative model, recognizing that a disciplinary, theoretical and methodological core serves each and the entire undergraduate programs in the department (Anthropology, Criminology, Cultural Studies and Sociology). This core can (and should) guide what we do and how we do it. We are committed to (1) identifying and building upon the unifying themes in our programs and (2) considering how our programs support one another and how departmental course offerings relate to one another. Faculty members in each of the programs look for connections that do exist and build upon them. This maximizes integration of departmental programs.
Our new graduate program in criminology’s base assumptions also integrate well with anthropology, cultural studies and sociology. In conducting searches and making hires we will hire to support all our programs. The department’s collaborative model requires that new hires be expected to serve our diverse, integrated department in the way described above.
The center of the department’s integration of its programs is an interdisciplinary core of social science and humanistic theory and methodology that characterizes our undergraduate majors and minors and that will inform our master’s program. The theoretical perspectives emerge from each of the disciplines seeking to understand societies and cultures.
In developing strategies to implement this vision the department will focus on unifying themes – inequality, identity, power, social change and development, and global multiculturalism. The department will use community engagement, international study, undergraduate and graduate research, and cross-cultural comparison in its curriculum and faculty research to develop themes.
Anthropology Course Mapping: The Anthropology faculty have identified seven skills areas that majors should strive to gain as they work toward their BA. Students have opportunities to gain these skills through their undergraduate curriculum, not just their major, and in some cases via clubs or outside activities. They are asked to place completed projects that reflect these areas in an Anthropology ePortfolio template. We encourage students to think about tailoring assignments, where they are given options, to meet these areas. The Anthropology faculty see our courses and the skills areas as living, organic entities. To that end, the boxes checked below reflect courses in which that skill is commonly learned, not exclusively learned. We can also add assignments that fulfill skills areas that are not currently checked below.
Skills Area 1 - Knowing Yourself
Skills Area 2 - Communicating to a General Audience
Skills Area 3 - Communicating to a Policy or Decision making Audience
Skills Area 4 - Communicating to a Professional Audience
Skills Area 5 - Connecting Ideas and Theory
Skills Area 6 - Identifying Values and Using Ethical Guidelines
Skills Area 7 - Designing and Evaluating Research