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Sociology, Anthropology, and Philosophy Department Micro-credentials

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A student must to have a least one course remaining to complete after the launch of the micro-credentials below (April 2018).  Students may not earn micro-credentials retroactively - if they have already completed all the courses prior to the credential being launched, April 2018.


Description: In an age of constant advancement, deliberate preservation of cultural concepts, artifacts, and languages is imperative. Most archaeologists working today are employed as cultural resource managers in private contracting and consulting, as well as in governmental agencies as cultural resource managers (CRM). These courses teach the laws that govern the practice of archaeology in the United States and provide hands-on instruction in the field and laboratory skills employers seek. The micro-credential is of value to currently employed professional archaeologists, as well as archaeology students preparing to enter the job market.

Student Learning Outcomes: After completing the Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Micro-credential, students will:

  1. understand the history of archaeology’s development in the United States and the ways archeological artifacts and materials are used to interpret the human past;

  2. possess a working knowledge of current laws governing the practice of archaeology in the United States, as well as the and the legal history behind them;

  3. have practical, hands-on experience on archaeological sites, working as archaeologists-in-training under experienced professionals; and

  4. display theoretical and methodological understanding of how archaeological artifacts are documented and analyzed in the laboratory.

Criteria: (Four courses, twelve credit hours minimum)

  1. ANT 210 Archaeology Method and Theory

  2. ANT 315 Archaeological Excavation Methods

  3. Choose two of the following three

    1. ANT 308 Cultural Resource Management

    2. ANT 355 Archaeology Laboratory Analysis

    3. GEO 522 Historical Preservation


Description: Ethnographic research provides powerful strategic insight into human behavior and our current culture. The Ethnographic Research Methods micro-credential delivers hands-on experience with ethnographic methods of cultural data collection in diverse environments. Students will gain valuable research skills (e.g., ethnographic interviewing and qualitative data analysis) to apply anthropology and sociology to a variety of social and behavioral career fields.

Student Learning Outcomes: After completing the Ethnographic Research Methods Micro-credential, students will have:

  1. an understanding of ethical and validity issues in ethnographic research;

  2. practiced skills in research design and ethnographic methods of data collection; and

  3. analyzed ethnographic data resulting in an ethnographic monograph.

Criteria: (Three courses, nine credit hours minimum)

  1. ANT 340 Ethnographic Methods and Research OR SOC 322 Qualitative Research Methods

  2. ANT 342 Quantitative Methods in Anthropology OR SOC 320 Social Research

  3. ANT 325 Applied Anthropology OR ANT 365 Ethnographic Field Methods OR ANT 312 Social Organization


Description: Gerontology is the study of social, psychological, biological, cognitive and cultural aspects of aging, and it commonly intersects with a wide variety of fields. With populations aging worldwide, the demand for professionals with expertise in aging is growing rapidly. The Gerontology Micro-Credential Undergraduate Program is designed for students who are interested in learning about the older adult population and/or seek career opportunities serving this demographic population.

Student Learning Outcomes: After completing the Gerontology: Dynamics of Aging Micro-Credential, students will:

  1. describe normal aging processes and developmental tasks of older adults;

  2. understand a broad range of theories around contemporary issues in aging related to practice with older adults and their families;

  3. compare the various dynamics of diverse older adults and their caregivers;

  4. identify the major theories related to later life development;

  5. explain ethics and values specific to the older adult population; and

  6. recognize the changing treatment needs of older adults.

Criteria: (Three courses, nine credit hours minimum)

  1. ANT 375: Anthropology of Aging OR SOC 342: Sociology of Aging

  2. HSR 314: Death, Dying, and Grief OR PHI/REL 371: Death and the Afterlife

  3. NEU 101: Neuroscience for Life: From Sex to Society OR SOC 480 Global Aging Issues and Policies


Description: Want to get started in museum studies? This introduction to museums, museum issues and controversies in the past and present will expose you to museum methods and practices and allow you to gain experience in museum work. This micro-credential will familiarize students with museums, better preparing them for work in the museum field and/or graduate study, while also providing an advantage when applying for jobs in the museum field.

Student Learning Outcomes: After completing the Museum Studies Methods Micro-credential, students will have:

  1. understood museums in the past and present, including the legal, social and political issues related to museums, their collections and individual objects;

  2. displayed knowledge of the history of modern museums and the role(s) museums play in advancing an appreciation of culture;

  3. performed skills in collections management, exhibition and public outreach/programming; and

  4. applied concepts and methods at a museum through an internship.

Criteria: (Three courses, nine credit hours minimum)

  1. ANT 307 Museum Methods

  2. ANT 311 Museums in Contemporary Society OR HIS 317 History Behind American Treasures

  3. ANT 396 Museum Internship


Description: An understanding of primatology gives students an edge in careers such as zoology, conservation biology, captive care, and when applying to a variety of graduate school programs. Primatology draws on disciplines ranging from biology to psychology to environmental studies, and the micro-credential provides foundational knowledge and research experience on living non-human primates.

Student Learning Outcomes: After completing the Primatology Micro-credential, students will:

  1. applied the comparative method to explore what we can learn about humans by studying our close relatives, living non-human primates;

  2. collected systematic observational data on primate behavior utilizing standard methods in the discipline;

  3. used the scientific method in designing, conducting, writing, and presenting their own original research project; and

  4. gained knowledge of grant writing.

Criteria: (Four courses, twelve credit hours minimum)

  1. ANT 202 Biological Anthropology OR BIO 151 Introduction to Biology II

  2. Any three of the following:

    1. ANT 334 Behavioral Field Methods

    2. ANT 347 Primate Behavioral Ecology

    3. ANT 348 Primate Sexuality

    4. BIO 440 Animal Behavior