Jul 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Scripps Catalog 


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Professor Deeb (SC) 
Associate Professor Park (SC) 
Assistant Professor Morales (SC) 

Professors Chao (PZ), Miller (PZ),Strauss (PZ)
Associate Professors de Laet (HM), Nucho (PO)
Assistant Professors Bejarano (PO), Castillo-Ardila (PZ), Evers-Traore (PO)

Affiliated faculty: Professor Chatterjee (SC)
Associate Professor Cheng (SC), Jaquez (SC)
Assistant Professors Wing (SC) 

At Scripps, we offer a major in cultural anthropology, which explores the social orders and meanings that people create. We actively incorporate deliberate anticolonial and anti-racist approaches of contemporary anthropology into our teaching. This means that we pay critical attention to the discipline’s histories of imperial knowledge production while also using anthropology’s tools to challenge power in its many forms, including structural racism and sexism, class divisions, U.S. imperialism, and ongoing settler-colonialisms. The anthropology curriculum examines a broad range of topics including artistic, religious, linguistic, political, and economic values and practices; health, medicine, and science; family and relationality; gender and sexuality; race and ethnicity; and identity and belonging. Anthropology also emphasizes the grounding of theoretical interpretations in ethnographic fieldwork and many students conduct independent, original research for their senior theses. The study of cultural anthropology prepares students for any career in which an understanding and appreciation of diversity, critical thinking skills, and the ability to think outside the box are important. Anthropology at Scripps is an independent department that cooperates with Pitzer, Pomona, and HMC to provide a broader curriculum.

Learning Outcomes of the Program in Anthropology

Department Goals and/or Objectives

Goals are broad statements that describe what the program wants to accomplish

1. Students will acquire knowledge of cultural anthropological concepts and will be able to analyze the interconnections among politics, economics, kinship and family, religion, and expressive and artistic forms within social contexts.
2. Students will gain proficiency in the use of ethnographic methods, and learn to apply cultural anthropological frameworks to research projects.
3. Students will learn how to recognize and critically discuss the relationship of cultural anthropological arguments, debates, and scholarship to major paradigmatic traditions in disciplinary anthropology.
4. Students will be able to relativize taken-for-granted concepts and institutions in their own social world, question the universality of meanings and practices, and critically engage non-academic versions of anthropological theories.

Student Learning Outcomes

Outcomes describe specific knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes students should demonstrate

SLO1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of basic cultural anthropological concepts and demonstrate that they can relativize taken-for-granted concepts and institutions in their own social worlds.
SLO2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to utilize cultural anthropological or ethnographic methods.
SLO3: Students will demonstrate knowledge of major theoretical paradigms and/or longstanding and continuing debates in cultural anthropology.
SLO4: Students will independently choose a research topic and develop, carry out, and write a cultural anthropological or ethnographic project.


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