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

Anthropology BA/Anthropology MA - Medical Anthropology Concentration


Undergraduate Course Requirements


Anthropology Undergraduate Core (12 credits)


Two Problem-Oriented or Theoretical Electives (6 credits)


(See AAR for full list of course options)

Three Anthropology Electives (9 credits)**


(See AAR for list of course options)

Graduate Course Requirements


Anthropology Core (6 credits)


  • APY 651 - Graduate Survey of Physical Anthropology OR APY 654 - Graduate Survey of Social and Cultural Anthropology II
  • APY 508 - Qualitative Research Methods

Four Anthropology Electives (12 credits)


These will take the place of four undergraduate electives.

  • APY 501 - Teaching & Research Resources
  • APY 504 - Designing Material Culture
  • APY 508 - Qualitative Research Methodologies
  • APY 509 - Classic Ethnographies
  • APY 512 - Kinship and Social Structure
  • APY 513 - Cultural Change
  • APY 514 - Museum Management
  • APY 515 - Cultural Anthropology Topics
  • APY 521 - Linguistic Anthropology
  • APY 536 - Ethnology of Europe
  • APY 538 - Archaeological Field Research
  • APY 540 - History of Archaeology
  • APY 541 - Anthropology Demography
  • APY 543 - Cognitive Anthropology
  • APY 544 - Animal Communication
  • APY 546 - Physical Anthropology Topics
  • APY 547 - Ethology Practicum
  • APY 548 - Human Genetics - Legal Ethics
  • APY 549 - Mayan Civilization
  • APY 550 - Evolution Colloquium
  • APY 554 - Cultural Anthropology Topics
  • APY 565 - Gender & Heal in Native South America
  • APY 567 - Advanced Areal Arch: Mesoamerica
  • APY 572 - Topics in Archaeology
  • APY 573 - Primate Evolutionary Biology
  • APY 574 - Urban Anthropology
  • APY 575 - Cultural Anthropology Topics
  • APY 578 - Ethnomedicine
  • APY 580 - Public Anthropology
  • APY 586 - Archaeological GIS
  • APY 587 - Special Topics in Archaeology
  • APY 589 - Complex Societies
  • APY 591 - Nationalism and Global Culture
  • APY 592 - Political Anthropology
  • APY 593 - Cultural Anthropology Topics
  • APY 594 - Advanced Physical Anthropology
  • APY 600 - MA Project/Thesis Guidance
  • APY 601 - Indiv. Readings: Arch & GIS Sci
  • APY 602 - Indiv. Readings: Cult Anthro
  • APY 603 - Anthropology of Death and Trauma
  • APY 604 - Culture and Disability
  • APY 607 - Indiv. Readings: Phys Anthro
  • APY 609 - Women & Men in Prehistory
  • APY 610 - Method & Theory in Archaeology
  • APY 611 - Celt Anglo-Saxon Viking
  • APY 613 - Social Transmission and Cult. Evol. Appr.
  • APY 614 - A Science of Hominin Behavior
  • APY 618 - Cultural Heritage
  • APY 619 - Political Ecology
  • APY 623 - Social Memory
  • APY 651 - Grad Survey Physical Anthropology
  • APY 652 - Grad Survey Archaeology
  • APY 654 - Grad Survey Social Anthro: Contemporary
  • APY 655 - Grad Survey Social Anthro: Historical
  • APY 720 - Adv. Research Physical Anthropology
  • APY 729 - Human Impacts on Ancient Environments
  • APY 730 - Advanced Problems in Areal Archaeology
  • APY 731 - Archeological Interpretation
  • APY 733 - Analytical Methods in Archaeology
  • APY 736 - Advanced Archeological Research

Three Medical Anthropology Electives (9 credits)


One of these courses will be a substitute for an undergraduate elective course.

  • APY 545 - Dental Anthropology
  • APY 546 - Physical Anthropology Topics
  • APY 548 - Human Genetics - Legal and Ethical Issues
  • APY 556 - Religion and Society
  • APY 565 - Gender & Healing in Latin America
  • APY 578 - Ethnomedicine
  • APY 584 - Transcultural Psychiatry
  • APY 594 - Advanced Physical Anthropology
  • APY 603 - Anthropology of Death and Trauma
  • APY 604 - Culture and Disability
  • APY 606 - Anthropology of Reproduction
  • APY 607 - Individual Readings Physical Anthropology
  • APY 624 - Topics in Medical Anthropology
  • APY 710 - Geographic Medicine

Culminating Experience (3 credits)


  • APY MA Project/Thesis Guidance

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 36-37


Notes


*Note that APY 401LEC - Theory in Anthropology  is not required for students enrolled in the joint BA/MA program, because they are required to take a graduate-level equivalent. (To be substituted with APY 651 - Graduate Survey of Physical Anthropology or APY 654 - Graduate Survey of Social and Cultural Anthropology II)

**Students in the combined Anthropology BA/MA program may satisfy one elective requirement with a Medical Anthropology Elective taken at the graduate level.

Additional Degree Requirements Include:


  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 132 credit hour total

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 92


Total Graduate Credits Required for Degree: 30


Total Credits Required for Graduation: 132


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 grader of 2.0 overall.
  • Minimum grade of C- must be earned in all APY courses counting towards the major. 

The joint BA/MA program is designed to be completed in ten semesters. Students should take at least one graduate-level course in Anthropology during their seventh semester, and they should enroll entirely in graduate-level courses thereafter. Students enrolled in the joint program are exempt from the major requirement to take APY 401LEC - Theory in Anthropology , since they are required to take an equivalent course at the graduate level.

 

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: 16


First Year Spring


Total Credits: 15 or 16


Second Year Fall


  • APY Problem-Oriented/Theoretical Elective Credits: 3
  • Statistics Course Credits: 4
  • APY Area Study Elective Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy Credits: 3
  • Pathway Course Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15 or 16


Second Year Spring


  • Pathway Course Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy Credits: 4
  • Pathway Course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • APY Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16


Third Year Fall


  • APY Problem-Oriented/Theoretical Elective Credits: 3
  • Communication Literacy Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • APY Elective Credits: 3
  • Credits: 1

Total Credits: 16


Third Year Spring


  • APY Area Studies Elective Credits: 3
  • APY Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15


Fourth Year Fall


Total Credits: 12


Fourth Year Spring


  • APY Graduate Elective Credits: 3
  • Medical APY Elective Credits: 3
  • Medical APY Elective Credits: 3
     
  • APY 651SEM - Grad Survey Phys Anthro Credits: 3 OR
  • APY 654LEC - Grad Survey Social Anthro Credits: 3
     
  • APY Graduate Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15


Fifth Year Fall


  • APY 508SEM - Qual Research Methods Credits: 3
  • Medical APY Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 6


Fifth Year Spring


  • APY Graduate Elective Credits: 3
  • MA Project/Thesis Guidance Credits: 3

Total Credits: 6


Total Credits Required: 132


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 in anthropology, especially those aspects of the field related to medical anthropology. 
  • To appreciate and understand the diversity of human experience, in particular relation to health, illness, and the body.
  • 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 , CIP45.0201 Anthropology)