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, cultural anthropology, and biological anthropology. 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
1. Discuss the concept of culture.
2. Comprehend and describe, in writing, “ethnographic research”.
3. Explain genetic inheritance, natural selection, and ideas of species change over time.
4. Compile a list of the major trends in human evolution.
5. Utilize the scientific method.
6. Categorize archaeological data and apply these data to the interpretation of the past.
7. Define race, racism, and ethnicity and their intersections with gender, class, and sexuality.
8. Recognize, accept, and respect individual, biological, and cultural diversity.
33 credit hours 33
Anthropology Major Requirements 39–42
Required Courses (21 credits)
ANT 100 HUMAN ORIGINS 3
ANT 101 UNDERSTANDING CULTURE 3
ANT 200 EXPLORATIONS IN ANTHROPOLOGY 3
ANT 412 SEMINAR IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY 3
ANT 415 SEMINAR IN ARCHAEOLOGY 3
ANT 418 SEMINAR IN BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY 3
ANT 488 INTERNSHIP IN ANTHROPOLOGY 3
Electives (12-15 credit hours)
Select one course from each of the following areas: 12-15
Archaeology (3 credit hours)
ANT 250 HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY *
ANT 310 MESOAMERICAN ARCHAEOLOGY
ANT 312 ARCHAEOLOGY OF NORTH AMERICA
ANT 329 WORLD ARCHAEOLOGY
ANT 332 GENDER AND ARCHAEOLOGY
ANT 377 ANCIENT CIVILIZATION
Biological Anthropology (3 credit hours)
ANT 220 CASE STUDIES IN BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY *
ANT 321 PRIMATOLOGY ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION
ANT 323 DISEASE AND GLOBAL HEALTH
ANT 324 THE HUMAN SKELETON
ANT 325 FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY
ANT 326 THE HUMAN FOSSIL RECORD
Regional/Cultural/Topical Courses (3 credit hours)
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 INTRODUCTION TO MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANT 330 INDIGENOUS HAWAIIANS
ANT 335 ETHNOPRIMATOLOGY
ANT 340 WOMEN IN ANTHROPOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE
ANT 341 INDIGENOUS ART OF NORTH AMERICA
ANT 350 GLOBAL MARRIAGE PRACTICES
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 383 ETHNOGRAPHY OF TURKEY
Experiential Courses (3-6 credit hours)
ANT 308 ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHOD (6)
ANT 315 RESEARCH METHODS IN CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANT 322 RESEARCH METHODS IN PRIMATOLOGY
ANT 385 VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY
ANT 400 ANCIENT MATERIALS
ANT 495 SPECIAL PROJECT (1-3)
ANT 498 HONORS RESEARCH
ANT 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3-9)
Two Other Courses, From Any Area, Selected by Advisement (6 credit hours)
Select two courses 6
All College Electives
45-54 credit hours 45-54
Total Credit Hours 120
*Courses listed may count towards the major requirements if student is also a Forensic Anthropology (ANT 220) or Indigenous Studies (ANT 250) 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 advisor to determine the appropriate designation.