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Anthropology, B.A.

About the Program

Anthropology is the exploration of what it means to be human. Although anthropology is often associated with faraway places and remote excavations, anthropologists are increasingly involved in research on such topics as education, health, food, migration, sports, tourism, and cultural identity. The study of anthropology provides a broad-based approach to the understanding of human culture (past and present) and human biology. The anthropological perspective is global, holistic, and involves considerable time-depth. The major exposes students to the primary subdivisions within the field: archaeology, social cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology, linguistics, and folklore. The B.A. in anthropology prepares students for further academic training at the graduate level, but can also lead directly to careers in nonacademic (applied) areas, such as forensics, contract archaeology, cultural resource management, museum work, social services, education, government, and market research. Internships, archaeological field schools, and a departmental honors program are available to students in this major.

About the Anthropology Department

B107 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6110
Fax: (716) 878-4009

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33-39 credits
Total Required Credit Hours in Anthropology 33–36

A. Required Courses (15 credits)
ANT 100 Human Origins
ANT 101 Understanding Culture
ANT 488 Internship

Two of the following three courses

ANT 412 Seminar in Cultural Anthropology
ANT 415 Seminar in Archaeology
ANT 418 Seminar in Physical Anthropology

B. Electives (12-15 credits)
Select one course from each of the following areas:

Archaeology (3 credits)
*ANT 250 Historical Archaeology
ANT 310 Mesoamerican Archaeology
ANT 312 Archaeology of North America
ANT 329 World Prehistory
ANT 377 Ancient Civilization

Physical Anthropology (3 credits)
*ANT 220 Case Studies in Physical Anthropology
ANT 321 Primatology
ANT 323 Anthropology of Disease
ANT 324 The Human Skeleton
ANT 325 Forensic Anthropology
ANT 326 The Human Fossil Record

Regional/ Social Cultural/Topical Courses (3 cr)

ANT 300 Indigenous Peoples of Western North America
ANT 301 Indigenous Peoples of Eastern North America
ANT 303 The Anthropology of Europe
ANT 305 Peoples of Africa
ANT 306 Peoples of Asia
ANT 307 Urban Anthropology
ANT 327 Medical Anthropology
ANT 330 Pacific Islanders
ANT 340 Women in Anthropological Perspective
ANT 341 Art and Culture in Anthropological Perspective
ANT 344 Folklore and Fantasy in Popular Culture: From Middle-earth to Hogwarts
ANT 350 Global Marriage Practices
ANT 362 Urban Folklore
ANT 365 Practicing Anthropology
ANT 367 Culture and Ecology
ANT 370 The Anthropology of Contemporary Issues
ANT 380 Language and Culture
ANT 381 Religion, Magic, and Culture
ANT 388 Folklore and Technology: American Roots Music
ANT 411 African Family

Experiential Courses (3–6 cr)

ANT 244 Introduction to Folklore and Folklife
ANT 308 Archaeological Method (Field School)
ANT 315 Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
ANT 385 Visual Anthropology
ANT 400 Ancient Materials
ANT 495 Project
ANT 498 Honors Research
ANT 499 Independent Study

C. Two Other Courses, From Any Area, Selected by Advisement (6 cr)

All College Electives (45-54 cr)

Total Required Credit Hours (120 cr)

* Courses listed with asterisks may count towards the major requirements ONLY if student is also a Forensic Anthropology or Indigenous Studies Minor.

Note: ANT 389 may be used to fill one or more of the elective requirements according to content in any given semester. You may take only three ANT 389 courses over the duration of your time at Buffalo State. Please contact your adviser to determine the appropriate designation.

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