Anthropology : About The Program

About Our Degrees

Applications Information

Deadlines: Rolling
Number of applicants/year: 60
Number of accepted majors/year: 60
Total currently enrolled majors: 210

Degree Requirements

Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 36 - 150
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 36 - 100
Upper level/advanced courses is: 10 - 25

In the Department of Anthropology, what do teaching assistants (TAs) do?

TAs assist in courses taught by faculty members; in particular, they assist with grading and labs, and they may do some teaching.

Suggested Introductory Courses
  • APY 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • APY 107 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
  • APY 108 Introduction to Archaeology

For course descriptions, please see Courses.

About Our Faculty

Dr. Sirianni and Dr. Stevens have each received awards for excellence in teaching. Dr. Sirianni is a State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor. Two faculty members have been recognized with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Stevens received the Student Association's Milton Plesur Teaching Excellence Award. Recent internal and external evaluations have given high marks to the department.

See a list of our Undergraduate Faculty.

Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities

Notable Program Features
The undergraduate program in anthropology provides many options for students with specific interests.

The Marian E. White Anthropology Research Museum is an integral part of the department's research and teaching program. Its primary purpose is to preserve, organize, catalog, and curate archaeological materials gathered by the field school and the Archaeological Survey, by faculty engaged in research, and through donations of collections. There is an extensive non-circulating library. Internships are available in the museum and in the survey.

UB is one of a select group of universities with access to the Human Relations Area Files, a current, comprehensive database of worldwide cultures. This invaluable resource is an important tool in analyzing the wide variety of social features that are present in different cultures. It is also used for research and training in cross-cultural studies.

The undergraduate program in anthropology provides many options for students with specific interests. The pre-medical/pre-dental concentration is recommended for anthropology majors who are also pursuing the university's pre-medical or pre-dental recommendations in preparation for application to graduate school in one of the health professions.

Honors Program

Honors in Anthropology is achieved by maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.5 in anthropology courses, and by satisfactorily completing an intensive two-semester research project through regular consultation with one or more faculty members. Interested students must apply in writing to the department by the end of their junior year.


Students may serve internships with local agencies, under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. Internships are available in the Archaeology Museum and Archaeological Survey.

  • Departmental Honors
  • Justin R. Van Ness Award
  • Klein Family Award in Honor of Viola Odenheimer
  • Lucia Maria Houpt Award
  • Marion Dickson Scholarship
  • Nathaniel Cantor Scholarship

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Field School

An Archaeology Field School may be conducted during the summer. This is a six-week, six-credit course open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Field instruction provides students with the opportunity to participate in archaeological research and to learn techniques of site survey and excavation.

Extracurricular Activities

Undergraduate Anthropology Club

Serves several academic, social and professional purposes. The club has sponsored field trips to museums in Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Toronto, and has worked with the faculty advisor in seminars on application to graduate school, resume preparation, and job hunting. For more information, call 716-645-2414.

Lambda Alpha

The National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology, open to students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in anthropology.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

Links to Further Information About this Program

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:10 EST