Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Anthropology - About The Program

About Our Degrees

Applications Information
Deadlines: Rolling
Number of applicants/year: 45
Number of accepted majors/year: 45
Total currently enrolled majors: 85

Degree Requirements
Please see Degrees and Policies.

About Our Courses

The typical class size for:

Freshman/introductory courses is: 36 - 220
Sophomore/intermediate courses is: 36 - 55
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 occasionally 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, Dr. Stevens, and Dr. Bacigalupo 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 and Dr. Bacigalupo received the Student Association's Milton Plesur Teaching Excellence Award. Recent internal and external evaluations have given high marks to the department.

Please visit our department website for additional information about our faculty.

Experiential Learning 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 and the Cravens Collection in the UB Anderson Gallery are integral parts of the department's research and teaching program. Their primary purpose is to preserve, organize, catalog, research and curate artifacts 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 World Cultures (eHRAF World Cultures), 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 GPA of at least 3.5 in the Anthropology major 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, Archaeological Survey and the UB Anderson Gallery.

Field Schools
The Field School opportunity is a unique way to develop skills in a hands-on environment. The Department offers its own Field Schools (Archaeology and Cultural/Medical Anthropology), but students have also had meaningful experiences with other field schools as well.

Honors and Awards
  • Departmental Honors Program
  • Justin R. Van Ness Award (for a graduating senior with documented active interest in the environment)
  • Klein Family Award in Honor of Viola Odenheimer (for a graduating senior with documented plans to attend medical or dental schools)
  • Lucia Maria Houpt Award (for an outstanding graduating Senior student)
  • Marion Dickson Scholarship (for an outstanding Junior student)
  • Nathaniel Cantor Award(for a graduating senior with documented plans to pursue work in Social Work or Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • Undergraduate Professional Activities and Achievement in Anthropology Award (for a graduating senior who has engaged in professional activities as an undergraduate, to an extent that it warrants special recognition)
  • Leadership Award (for an undergraduate student who has shown exceptional dedication to the Department of Anthropology through service)

Opportunities for Undergraduate Research and Practical Experience

Lambda Alpha
Lambda Alpha is the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology, represented by 170 chapters across the U.S.

Membership in Lambda Alpha at UB is open to Anthropology majors who have taken a minimum of 12 credits of Anthropology coursework, and who have a GPA of at least 3.5 in Anthropology courses, and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. Membership is also open to graduate students.

Membership requires only a simple application and a one-time fee of , for lifetime membership.

Among the benefits of Lambda Alpha member is eligibility to apply for a 00 scholarship for graduating seniors, and a research fund for graduate student members.

Dr. Peter Biehl is the Lambda Alpha advisor at UB.

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.

See the UB Student Association.

Complementary Programs and Courses

The Anthropology department encourages students to propose joint majors with other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. We also offer Double Majors; Triple Majors; Double Degrees; and a minor in Anthropology.

Links to Further Information About this Program

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39