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Anthropology/Behavioral Science/Psychology/Sociology

College Learning Outcomes:

  1. Written, Oral and Visual Communication: Communicate effectively in writing, orally and/or visually using traditional and/or modern information resources and supporting technology.
  2. Scientific and Quantitative Reasoning: Locate, identify, collect, and organize data in order to then analyze, interpret or evaluate it using mathematical skills and/or the scientific method.
  3. Critical Thinking: Differentiate between facts, influences, opinions, and assumptions to reach reasoned and supportable conclusions.
  4. Problem Solving: Recognize and identify the components of a problem or issue, look at it from multiple perspectives and investigate ways to resolve it.
  5. Information Literacy: Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate and apply information from a variety of sources - print and/or electronic.

Links to each sub-section of Behavioral Sciences

Anthropology: MS_B_Anthro
Behavioral Science: MS_B_BEHV
Psychology: MS_B_PSYCH

List of degrees and certificates in each area

Anthropology: transfer
Behavioral Science: AA and transfer
Psychology: transfer
Sociology: transfer


First: Please rank on a scale of 1 to 5 (5=high) - how important each of these general outcomes are to the various parts of their areas in a matrix as follows:

Behavioral Sciences:


Scientific or





Behavioral Science



Next: Look at what your discipline has written previously about Discipline specific SLOs. How do these compare to each of general college learning outcomes above?

  1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in psychology.
  2. Students will understand and apply basic research methods in psychology, including research design, data analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Students will respect and use critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and, when possible, the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior and mental processes.
  4. Students will understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Students will be able to weigh evidence, tolerate ambiguity, act ethically, and reflect other values that are the underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.

ANTHROPOLOGY: Students will demonstrate the following:
  1. A general understanding of human biological and cultural diversity and similarity around the world and through time in terms of anthropological descriptions (data) and explanations (theories).
  2. A proficiency in basic anthropological concepts and terminology.
  3. A basic knowledge of the processes of theory formation and how various theories have been developed, applied and evaluated throughout the history of the discipline of anthropology.
  4. Basic abilities in critical thinking and reasoning as applied to anthropological problems and issues.
  5. The basic ability to write, speak, and communicate about anthropological issues.

SOCIOLOGY:Students will:
  1. Possess analytic and problem solving skills within the discipline.

  2. Know terms and research of the discipline of sociology.
  3. Know concepts and theories of the discipline of sociology.
  4. Possess the ability to apply various sociological frameworks to their understanding of the world and human behavior.

  5. Be able to write clearly in order to communicate sociological content.

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE:Students are expected to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts and methods used by behavioral scientists to investigate, to analyze, or to predict human or group behavior
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the major principles, models, and issues under investigation by the behavioral sciences.
  3. Describe how the individual or groups of individuals are influenced by social, cultural, or political institutions both in their own culture and in other cultures
  4. Participate in a community service agency to understand the application of principles, theories, and concepts within the discipline.

Problem Solving SLOs developed in Fall 2005:
In our department we teach students to be familiar with the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and histsorical trends in the Behavioral Sciences. Students also learn to understand and apply the basic research methods used in teh Behavioral Sciences. In addition, students learn to understand and utilize critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to behavior, mental processes, and social interactions.

Think about how these programmatic SLOs relate to the College Learning Outcomes above. Feel free to edit, expand or change them. Try to make a program SLO for each College Learning Outcome with scores of 3 or higher on the matrix.