Anthropology : Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA
Graduate: MA, PhD

Advisement

To be admitted as a major, students must complete a Registration for Major Status form and submit it in person. Upon admission to the department, students are assigned an advisor based upon their interests and plans. They devise a plan of study in consultation with the advisor and continue to discuss the development of their major by meeting with their advisor at least once per semester. Likewise, students pursuing minors meet with their advisors at least once per semester to discuss their progress. Students may choose to concentrate in one of the subdisciplines or construct a major that reflects a unifying theme or perspective that crosses subdisciplinary boundaries.

It is the students' responsibility to plan their programs carefully with their advisors and to understand applicable expectations and deadlines, and to meet with their advisors at least once each semester to be sure their programs are on track. Last-minute requests for variances, waivers, or extensions may not be granted. Advisors may also suggest additional coursework in computer science, geology, geography, linguistics, or another department.

Transfer Policy

Students wishing to transfer into the University at Buffalo must be accepted by the university prior to acceptance by the Department of Anthropology. Criteria for acceptance into the department are the same for transfer students as for UB students.

Evaluation of courses taken at another school for departmental major credit is done by the department. Usually the Student Advising Services advisor, who sees transfer students initially, refers students to the department. Students should bring course descriptions, syllabi, and any other available information that will help the department evaluate anthropology courses for which students are requesting major credit.

Anthropology - B.A.

Acceptance Criteria

Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall.
Minimum grade of C- in one of the following prerequisite courses:
APY 106, APY 107, APY 108.

Advising Note

Minimum grade of C- must be earned on all courses taken for major credit.

Prerequisite Courses

One of the following three courses:

APY 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
APY 107 Introduction to Physical Anthropology
APY 108 Introduction to Archaeology

Required Courses

APY 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (if not taken as the prerequisite)
APY 107 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (if not taken as the prerequisite)
APY 108 Introduction to Archaeology (if not taken as the prerequisite)
APY 401 Theory in Anthropology
APY 494 Senior Seminar
Practicum
Statistics course (choose from list below)
Seven electives (choose from list below), including two area studies courses and two problem/theoretical courses

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major - 39

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall APY 106, APY 107
Spring APY 108

SECOND YEAR
Fall One area studies elective course
Spring APY 401, one problem/theoretical elective course, one APY elective

THIRD YEAR
Fall One problem/theoretical elective course, one of the following statistics courses: CEP 207, GEO 211, PSC 200, PSC 408, PSY 207, SOC 294, SSC 225, STA 119
Spring Practicum, one area studies elective course

FOURTH YEAR
Fall APY 494, one APY elective
Spring One APY elective

Electives and Course Groupings

Seven anthropology electives (21 cr) selected through advisement are required, including:

1) Two area studies courses (3 cr each), which include (but are not limited to): APY 238, APY 250*, APY 265, APY 325, APY 331, APY 333, APY 343, APY 353, APY 361, APY 364, APY 366, APY 367, APY 369, APY 382, APY 394, APY 402, APY 432, APY 449, APY 476, APY 484

2) Two problem-oriented or theoretical courses (3 cr each), which include (but are not limited to): APY 105, APY 203, APY 209, APY 210, APY 217, APY 246, APY 248, APY 253, APY 261*, APY 275, APY 276, APY 280*, APY 312, APY 315, APY 323, APY 329, APY 335, APY 338, APY 344, APY 345 /APY 346, APY 348, APY 350, APY 368, APY 377, APY 380, APY 384, APY 393, APY 401, APY 402, APY 404, APY 405, APY 408, APY 409, APY 411, APY 427, APY 429, APY 434, APY 439, APY 441, APY 443, APY 447, APY 448, APY 474, APY 495, APY 499*

*Repeatable course: Topics in Anthropology (variable topics).

Anthropology Emphasis Area for Pre-medical or Pre-dental Students

May be used in preparation for application to those professional schools. Premedical/predental students are encouraged to specialize in the field most interesting to them and in which they can achieve the best academic results. Anthropology majors in the premedical/predental emphasis area must satisfy all regular departmental requirements.

Anthropology - Minor

Required Courses

Students devise plans of study in consultation with their advisors, with a focus in:

GENERAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Minimum of seven courses: APY 106, APY 107, APY 108, and four electives at the 200 level or above, including one area studies course at the 200 level or above

ARCHAEOLOGY
Minimum of six courses: APY 105, APY 108, and four electives* at the 200 level or above

PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Minimum of six courses: APY 105, APY 107, and four electives* at the 200 level or above

CULTURAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Minimum of six courses: APY 105, APY 106, and four electives* at the 200 level or above

MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Minimum of seven courses: APY 106, APY 107, APY 275, and four electives* at the 200 level or above and three chosen from a list of recommended premedical/predental concentration courses

* All Minor APY electives must include at least one Area Studies Course

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:10 EST