May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Anthropology BA

People-watchers, unite! If you love studying human behavior-past and present-then welcome to anthropology. UB’s anthropology program is the only major that’s focused on humankind as a whole. It’s truly one of the best ways to gain a thorough understanding of human diversity as you study people through a historical, global lens and see how we adapt over time and space. If you’re interested in any discipline such as social science, natural science (like biology and anatomy) and history but want more, then keep reading.

Visit the Anthropology academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Anthropology department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Anthropology BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Seven APY Electives (21 credits)

Two area studies courses, two problem/theoretical courses, and three APY electives from either area studies or problem/theoretical course lists. 

Two problem-oriented or theoretical courses


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

Total Credits Required for Major: 39-40

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Academic Requirements

  • Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.
  • A minimum grade of C- must be earned in all courses taken toward the major.

Transfer Credit Policy

No more than 15 transfer credit hours may be applied toward the department’s major requirements. It is department policy that at least 6 of the courses used for major credit must originate in the Department of Anthropology, SUNY at Buffalo.

Program Honors

Honors in Anthropology is achieved by maintaining a GPA of at least 3.500 in the major and satisfactorily completing a two-semester research project (enrollment in three credits of APY 499  for each semester) through intensive consultation with a thesis advisor and two more faculty members. Students must also meet the remaining criteria outlined in the Academic Honors policy. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Second Year Fall

  • APY Problem/Theory Credits: 3
  • Statistics Credits: 3-4
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 1 Credits: 3
  • APY Area Study 300/400 level course Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15-16

Second Year Spring

  • Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry 2 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy and Inquiry Lab Credits: 1
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

  • Communication Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  •  APY Problem/Theory 300/400 level course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Spring

  • APY Area Study 300/400 level course Credits: 3
  • APY 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 2

Total Credits: 14

Fourth Year Fall

  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 1

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Spring

  • Credits: 3
  •  APY 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  •  APY 300/400 level Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge:

  • To display sophisticated knowledge of core concepts, theories and methods in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and/or anthropological archaeology.
  • To appreciate and understand the diversity of human experience, interpret complexity.
  • To demonstrate global awareness and understanding of other cultures.
  • To conduct research: pose questions, conduct fieldwork, obtain evidence, analyze sources, assess information, construct an argument.
  • To use critical reading skills and think critically.
  • To use effective written communication skills: express a point of view on a subject and support it with evidence.
  • To organize and orally present research results in a meaningful way.


(HEGIS: 22.02 ANTHROPOLOGY, CIP45.0201 Anthropology)