Anthropology (Sociocultrl Double Major) BA

Program Purpose


The Anthropology Department aims to produce in students a view of the world we call the 'Anthropological Perspective;' seeing the varieties of humanity in holistic, worldwide terms, with an appreciation for the creativity and diversity of humankind in general. Toward that end, the Anthropology curriculum offers a diversity of classes on the peoples and cultures of the world, past and present. The Socio-Cultural Emphasis in the Department instructs students in current methods and theory of Anthropology in order to provide them with the tools necessary to apply Anthropological principles in whatever field they might embrace. We also seek to instill in students the fundamental tenets and ethics of the discipline of Anthropology. The Double Major in Socio-Cultural Anthropology is no exception. The Double Major is only available as a secondary major to students completing a primary major in another field. The purpose of this interdisciplinary option is to allow students to add the perspectives that Anthropology is uniquely qualified to provide to the process of solving world-widel challenges and/or problems in other fields of study.

Curricular Structure

Catalog Information
Major Academic Plan

Learning Outcomes


See Anthropology BA Sociocultural

See Anthropology BA Sociocultural

Courses that Contribute: None
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively, Human knowledge

Evidence of Learning


Assessment Tools

Assessment includes the same tools used for the Sociocultural Major (See Anthropology: BA Socio-Cultural Emphasis):

  1. Individual student advisement during completion of the program.
  2. All students are required to take the Anthropology 442, 495 sequence which introduces students to the methods of anthropology field work (442) which thus provides them the opportunity to implement those methods relying on current Anthropological theory as well as the skills to write up their findings (495).
  3. Alumni Office surveys.

Direct Measures

1. Graded course work such as exams, written assignments, projects, and field work. (Examples of graded student products representative of the range of grades are kept on file.)

2. Semi-annual reports on student progress by the faculty advisor.

3. Student accomplishments in obtaining ORCA grants, publications, awards, etc.

4. Graduates'success in obtaining employment or admission to graduate programs.

Indirect Measures

1. Student course and instructor evaluations. (These reports are reviewed by the department chair and addresed in the annual strewardship interview.)

2. Senior exit surveys

3. BYU alumni surveys

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


Data documenting the assessment measures are filed in the main office. These data are analyzed and summarized by the undergraduate coordinator and presented to the faculty each year. From ensuing discussions, decisions are made by the faculty for revising ghe curriculum and improving student.

Analysis, Evaluation, and Improvement Process.

Alumni office surveys assist in evaluating student satisfaction with the program. Anthropology 495 papers are reviewed by the instructor and students are given feed back regarding their performance. The 442 - 495 sequence is a capstone experience for the double major. The curriculum is reviewed annually for ways to improve and to assess currency with regard to developments within the profession. Curriculum improvement decisions are made by the entire faculty. Changes are submitted to university curriculum committee via standard forms.