Buffalo State

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Anthropology (B.A.)


Anthropology Department

Bachelor of Arts (HEGIS 2202)

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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, social cultural anthropology, physical/biological anthropology, linguistics, and folklore. 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.

Intellectual Foundations Requirements

33-39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Anthropology


A. Required Courses (15 cr)

ANT 100

Human Origins

ANT 101

Understanding Culture

ANT 488



TWO of the following three courses:

ANT 412

Seminar in Cultural Anthropology

ANT 415

Seminar in Archaeology

ANT 418

Seminar in Physical Anthropology

B. Electives (12–15 cr)

Select one course from each of the following areas:

Archaeology (3 cr)

*ANT 250

Historical Archaeology

ANT 310

Mesoamerican Archaeology

ANT 312

Archaeology of North America


Gender and Archaeology

ANT 329

World Prehistory

ANT 377

Ancient Civilization

Physical Anthropology (3 cr)

*ANT 220

Case Studies in Physical Anthropology

ANT 321


ANT 323

Anthropology of Disease

ANT 324

The Human Skeleton

ANT 325

Forensic Anthropology

ANT 326

The Human Fossil Record

Regional/ Social Cultural/Topical Courses (3 cr)

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

Medical Anthropology

ANT 330

Pacific Islanders

ANT 340

Women in Anthropological Perspective

ANT 341

Indigenous Art of North America

ANT 344

Folklore & Fantasy in Popular Culture:

From Middle-earth to Hogwarts

ANT 350

Global Marriage Practices

ANT 362

Urban Folklore

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

ANT 388

Folklore & Technology: American Roots Music

ANT 411

African Family

Experiential Courses (3–6 cr)

ANT 244

Introduction to Folklore and Folklife

ANT 308

Archaeological Method (Field School)

ANT 315

Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology

ANT 322

Research Methods in Primatology

ANT 385

Visual Anthropology

ANT 400

Ancient Materials

ANT 495


ANT 498

Honors Research

ANT 499

Independent Study

C. Two Other Courses, From Any Area, Selected by Advisement (6 cr)

All College Electives

45-54 cr

Total Required Credit Hours

120 cr

* Courses listed with asterisks may count towards the major requirements ONLY if student is also a Forensic Anthropology or Indigenous Studies 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 adviser to determine the appropriate designation.

Academic Road Map for Anthropology, B.A.

Student Learning Outcomes for Anthropology, B.A.

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Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and French Extension (Grades 1–6 and French 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Mathematics Extension (Grades 1–6 and Mathematics 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Spanish Extension (Grades 1–6 and Spanish 7-9, B.S.)

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2, B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

Exceptional Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5 – 6 Extension; PTCP)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies