Learning Outcomes

Intellectual Agility

  • Our students acquire intellectual tools to appreciate and analyze different worldviews as reflected and manifest in subsistence patterns, modes of exchange, kinship and family organization, political institutions, strategies of socialization and education, religious beliefs, relations of power, material culture, conceptions of identity, and technological expertise of societies  in different areas of the world.
  • They learn to articulate orally and in writing trends in the history of anthropological thought and important issues in contemporary anthropological research.

Practical Agility: Qualitative Research, Professional Writing and Project Management Skills

  • Our majors and minors will be able to identify, describe, and evaluate appropriate methods of data collection and data analysis.
  • They learn how to design a qualitative research project proposal, appreciate the effect of cultural research on host individuals and communities, and account for the protection of human subjects.
  • Our students conduct qualitative research, analyze their research findings, and present their results in a variety of formats.
  • Our majors and minors learn to apply and communicate their skills on and off campus to employers in fields as diverse as health care, marketing/business, IT, teaching, museums, cultural resource management, social services, and public policy.
  • Their skills sets combine practical and technical knhttps://km-content-wheaton-college.pantheonsite.io//news/summer-dig/owledge, e.g., proposal writing, project design, with conceptual knowledge, e.g., how to predict when and why people of diverse cultural backgrounds will react differently to a particular context, how to ahttps://wheatoncollege.edu/news/summer-dig/pproach problem-solving holistically and collaboratively, how to teach, manage, and resolve disputes in a multicultural environment.

Understanding and Negotiating International and Cross-Cultural Difference

  • Our majors and minors learn to deploy a holistic and comparative approach to provide fresh perspectives on issues related to topics such as sustainability, human rights, migration/immigration/forced resettlement, educational inequity, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, urban environment and design, health, illness, and medical care.
  • They learn to teach, mentor, and manage others and to collaborate with each other, with faculty and staff, and with other community members.

Senior Seminar

ANTH 401: Senior Seminar, which is required for all Anthropology and Anthropology & Public Health majors, is offered each fall. Students normally take the course during their senior year. In this workshop course, you will develop a Capstone Project. Departmental majors prepare for Senior Seminar through assignments in ANTH 301: Anthropological Theory and ANTH 302: Research Methods for Understanding Culture and Health, which are typically taken during the sophomore and/or junior years. build new skills that will serve you well in your years post-Wheaton. As part of a collective of student-researchers, you will have the opportunity to do research, analyze data, and learn how to present your results in creative ways to get this research to the people who most need to hear/see/watch/read it most.