What Anthropology Students Learn

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What will anthropology majors learn? These ten departmental student learning objectives describe our goals for shaping your Miami educational experience. Our intent is to work alongside students and the University to ensure a full immersion into a wide variety of anthropological concepts and practices.

Conceptual Knowledge of Anthropology

Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in anthropology.

Research Methods in Anthropology

Students will understand and apply basic research methods in anthropology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.

Anthropological Holism

Students will demonstrate knowledge about the various focuses of anthropological inquiry and their interrelationships, and be able to apply holistic thinking to concrete problems.

Ethical Values in Anthropology

Students will be able to think and act ethically, recognize ethnocentricity and its implications, tolerate ambiguity, respect and appreciate human biocultural variance within shared human heritage, in accordance with the standards of anthropological community.

Intercultural Awareness

Students will recognize, understand, and respect the complexity of intercultural diversity, within and between societies, and communicate respectfully across cultural differences.

Communication Skills

Students will be able to write effectively and appropriately, and communicate respectively and effectively across cultural differences and in a variety of interpersonal and mediated formats.

Critical Thinking Skills in Anthropology

Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking to analyze information, identify solutions, make decisions, and solve problems.


Students will gain an understanding of anthropology’s contributions to other disciplines and fields of study, and will appreciate how scholarship in other fields can contribute to anthropology.

Personal and Professional Development

Students will develop insight into their own lives and emerge from the major with ideas about how to implement their anthropological knowledge, skills, and values in a variety of occupations and vocations.

Engaged Scholarship

Students will demonstrate scholarly engagement with anthropology as a discipline through undergraduate research, independent study, off-campus study or research experiences.