Oct 03, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Anthropology BA/Social Studies Education EdM

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Undergraduate Course Requirements

Two Problem-Oriented or Theoretical Electives (6 credits)

(See AAR for full list of course options)

Three Undergraduate Anthropology Electives (9 credits)

(See AAR for full list of course options)

Graduate Course Requirements

Social Studies Education Core (27 credits)

  • LAI 521- Improving Social Studies Instruction in Elem Classroom 
  • LAI 552 - Middle Childhood/ Adolescent Literacy Methods
  • LAI 595 - Supervised Teaching II
  • LAI 620 - Teaching Social Studies in Grades 5-12 
  • LAI 622 - Research in Social Studies Education OR LAI 515 Action Research to Improve Teaching and Learning
  • LAI 667 - Field Experience
  • LAI 668 - Supervised Training I
  • LAI 674 - Seminar in Teaching
  • LAI 698 - Instructional Strategies in Inclusive Classrooms

Four Graduate Anthropology Electives (12 credits)

Advisor approved 500 level anthropology and/or social science electives offered through the College of Arts and Sciences or the Graduate School of Education and/or: LAI 520, LAI 522, LAI 523

Culminating Experience (1 credit)

  • LAI 700 - Capstone

Total Credits Required for Undergraduate Major: 39-40

Additional Undergraduate Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • 16 credits of Education Core*

Total Undergraduate Credits Required: 92

Total Graduate Credits Required for Degree: 40*

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.


* Dual listed with a graduate course and satisfies both undergraduate and graduate requirements.

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

Academic Requirements

To progress to the graduate portion of the program, students must earn a “B-” or better in all education coursework; courses that begin with CEP, ELP, and LAI.

  • Minimum GPA of 2.000 overall.
  • Minimum grade of C- in all of the following prerequisite courses: APY 106 , APY 107 , APY 108 

To ensure that both University at Buffalo graduation requirements and New York State Education Department (NYSED) teacher certification requirements are completed in a timely manner, students are required to meet with both their primary advisor and Office of Educator Preparation advisor each semester. To progress to the graduate portion of the program, students must maintain a 3.000 GPA,  and complete an interview in the Office of Educator Preparation. Students must complete these progression points by March of junior year to be eligible to register for graduate level coursework. No formal application is required for graduate school.

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: 16

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Fall

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

Total Credits: 15-16

Second Year Spring

Total Credits: 13

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 12

Third Year Spring

Total Credits: 13

Fourth Year Fall

Total Credits: 12

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Fall

  • LAI 620LEC - Tchng Soc Studies Gr 5-12 Credits: 3
  • LAI 667TUT - Field Experience Credits: 3
  • LAI 668TUT - Supervised Teaching I Credits: 3
  • LAI 698LEC - Instructional Strategies in Inclusive Classrooms Credits: 3

Total Credits: 12

Fifth Year Spring

  • LAI 595TUT - Supervised Teaching II Credits: 3
  • LAI 622SEM - Res in Soc Studies Educ OR LAI 515 Action Research to Improve Teaching and Learning Credits: 3
  • LAI 674TUT - Seminar in Teaching Credits: 3
  • LAI 700TUT - Indiv Guidnc Capstn Event Credits: 1

Total Credits: 10

Total Credits Required: 132

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

Learning Outcomes

Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the Anthropology BA.

In addition, graduates of the Social Studies Education EdM program will:

  • Display sophisticated knowledge of core concepts, theories and methods in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and/or anthropological archaeology.
  • Appreciate and understand the diversity of human experience, interpret complexity.
  • Demonstrate global awareness and understanding of other cultures.
  • Demonstrate subject-specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
  • Conduct research: pose questions, conduct fieldwork, obtain evidence, analyze sources, assess information, construct an argument.
  • Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
  • Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that include critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
  • Promote the application of research and evidence-based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
  • Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.

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