Anthropology M.A. Assessment Plan

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Anthropology Masters Program is to provide students who have a Bachelors degree in Anthropology (or closely related field) with:

  • (a) the skills and abilities to understand the entire range of Anthropological theories and methods,
  • (b) the intellectual capacity to carry out original research, and
  • (c) the maturity of thinking needed to analyze and interpret specific examples of variety in human society. 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:

  1. 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;
  2. to acquire, synthesize, and disseminate knowledge by means of original research and scholarly activities; and
  3. 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. Students will be prepared for professional employment in their specialty; or alternatively students should be prepared to apply successfully to Doctoral programs at any university in the USA.

Student Performance Indicators

  • Student success rate finding professional employment, as reported by students; or alternatively student success rate applying to Ph.D. programs anywhere in the USA, as reported by students

Assessment Method

  • 100% sample examined every year by assessment committee -- students who fail to gain employment or acceptance into doctoral programs will be contacted to discuss the reasons

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Students will be able to discuss the concepts that allow the intellectual integration of four sub-fields together into anthropology; and each sub-field's major contributions to the scientific and humanistic study of our own species.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Student performance in core seminars is evaluated by individual faculty instructors; also thesis proposals are discussed and evaluated before faculty committee members; and comprehensive exams are graded by the entire faculty. A thesis defense is evaluated by all faculty and other students. In core seminars, each student is evaluated on quality and quantity of class participation, on quality of term papers, on the substance and presentation of frequent short papers throughout the semester, and on assigned class presentation(s).
Assessment Method
  • Individual faculty grade each student's performance in core seminars. All Faculty members meet yearly or more often to evaluate each student's overall progress; faculty committee members also meet as often as possible to review student programs of study and thesis proposals. Each student's thesis defence is a public forum for evaluating the student's progress.

2. Students will be able to demonstrate skills and experience in original research.

Student Performance Indicators
  • Students develop and implement their own thesis research plans.
  • Students complete course work in research methods.
Assessment Method
  • The student's faculty mentor and Graduate Advisory Committee will assess the plan and its implementation.
  • Department assesses aggregate scores in the course.