Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog
2016-17

Anthropology - Degrees & Policies

Degrees Offered

Undergraduate: BA
Graduate: MA, PhD

Advisement

To be admitted to the major, students must complete a Registration for Major Status form and submit it in person to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator. Upon admission to the department, students are assigned an adviser based upon their interests and plans. They devise a plan of study in consultation with the adviser and continue to discuss the development of their major by meeting with their adviser at least once per semester. Students may choose to concentrate in one of the sub disciplines or construct a major that reflects a unifying theme or perspective that crosses sub disciplinary boundaries.

It is the students' responsibility to plan their programs carefully with their advisers and to understand applicable expectations and deadlines, and to meet with their advisers 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. Depending on the student's plans for the future, advisers 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.

SUNY Seamless Transfer Path

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

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 in all courses taken for major credit.

Prerequisite Courses for Admission to the Major

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 from the following list: CEP 207, GEO 211, PSC 200, PSC 408, PSY 207, SOC 294, SSC 225, STA 119
Seven electives (choose from list below), including two area studies courses and two problem/theoretical courses

Undergraduate Credit Requirements Chart
Credits Required for Major 43
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum 39
Additional Credits Required for Electives 38
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements (UB Curriculum) for general education and remaining university requirements.

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 353, APY 366, APY 367, APY 369, APY 382, APY 384, APY 394, APY 402, APY 432, APY 437, APY 447, APY 449.

2) Two problem-oriented or theoretical courses (3 cr each), which include (but are not limited to): APY 105, APY 203, APY 217, APY 246, APY 248, APY 261*, APY 275, APY 276, APY 280*, APY 304, APY 312, APY 315, APY 323, 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 404, APY 409, APY 414, APY 434, APY 441, APY 443, APY 444, APY 448, APY 474, APY 476, APY 480, APY 488, APY 492, APY 495, APY 499*


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

Pre-medical or Pre-dental Concentration

May be used in preparation for application to those professional schools. Premedical/pre-dental 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/pre-dental emphasis area must satisfy all regular departmental requirements.


Courses recommended for Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Concentration
APY 248 Human Genetics
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 276 Introduction to Ethnomedicine
APY 312 Culture and Reproduction
APY 345/APY 346 Comparative Primate Anatomy and Dissection Lab
APY 348 Forensic Anthropology Osteology
APY 394 Religion and Healing in Native South America
APY 448 Human Genetics: Legal and Ethical Issues
APY 476 Health Care in the United States
APY 477 Topics in Medical Anthropology
APY 545 Dental Anthropology (with permission of instructor)

Finish in Four Sequence

View the Finish in Four Curricular Plan for the Anthropology BA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve this degree in four years.

Anthropology - Minor

Required Courses

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

GENERAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Minimum of seven required courses, including: 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 required courses, including: APY 105, APY 108, and four electives* at the 200 level or above

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

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

MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
Minimum of seven required courses, including: APY 106, APY 107, APY 275, and four electives* at the 200 level or above and three chosen from the following list of recommended premedical/pre-dental concentration courses:

APY 248 Human Genetics
APY 275 Introduction to Medical Anthropology
APY 276 Introduction to Ethnomedicine
APY 312 Culture and Reproduction
APY 345/APY 346 Comparative Primate Anatomy and Dissection Lab
APY 348 Forensic Anthropology Osteology
APY 394 Religion and Healing in Native South America
APY 448 Human Genetics: Legal and Ethical Issues
APY 476 Health Care in the United States
APY 477 Topics in Medical Anthropology
APY 545 Dental Anthropology (with permission of instructor)

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

Minor Credit Requirements Chart
Total Credits Required for Minor/Certificate 21

Minors and certificates must be completed in conjunction with a major and all university degree requirements must be met.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

Last updated: February 22 2022 21:08:39