Anthropology B.A. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Anthropology department's mission is to give Nevada's students the intellectual means to understand and respect the variety in human experiences, and to develop a critical perspective on their own society and on current public policy. Underlying this mission is the goal of contributing to scholarly excellence within the University of Nevada, Reno. The methods used to achieve this mission are:

  • to transmit to students the knowledge, perspectives, and methods of the various branches and sub-fields of anthropology, in forums as diverse as lectures, seminars, discussion sections, and formal academic and career advisement settings;
  • to acquire, synthesize, and disseminate knowledge by means of original research and scholarly activities; and
  • to provide knowledge, guidance, and experience as a service to the university community, the public at large, and fellow members of the profession of anthropology.

Program Outcomes

1. BA graduate employment, BA graduate success in applying to higher-level academic programs, and BA graduate satisfaction with the different curricula and degree-granting programs.

Student Performance Indicators

  • BA degree-completion rates, student transcript analysis, graduation 'exit' Questionnaire, BA graduate employment success

Assessment Method

  • Database will be collected through exit surveys, faculty contact, and alumni surveys; the data will be examined and analyzed by the assessment subcommittee every December.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to distinguish and explain the central factors in human prehistory and evolution that are responsible for human cultural, physical, and linguistic diversity worldwide.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student performance on standardized exams and lab experiences in ANTH 101 and 102 plus at least one required upper-level class in physical/biological anthropology, one required upper-level archeology course, one required upper-level linguistics course, and one required upper-level course in cultural anthropology.
Assessment Method

    2. Students will be able to participate in and are able to evaluate the assumptions, purposes, methods, and results of anthropological research and scholarship.

    Student Performance Indicators
    • Students critically examine anthropological research and scholarship in their coursework (e.g., summer field schools, research methods courses, independent research courses).
    • Students work as researchers on contracts and grants, internships, McNair Program, etc.
    Assessment Method

      3 Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the four subfields of Anthropology and their relevance to the discipline as a whole.

      Student Performance Indicators
      • Students learn about methods and theories in the four subfields by taking lower division and upper division courses in each subfield. Students understand relevance of each subfield to Anthropology as whole, and to understanding human life in a changing world.
      Assessment Method
      • Assessment committee develops a comprehensive question to be administered to all graduating senior majors in a given academic year. Students in 400 level classes will respond anonymously to question via short essay answer. Results will be analyzed by assessment committee to determine how many students are partially or fully meeting expectations.

      4. Students will be able to apply the methods of anthropological research and scholarship.

      5. Students will be able to evaluate the connections between the theoretical foundations and the application of anthropological research and scholarship.