General Description / Special Programs
The Department maintains a strong four-field approach to anthropology, with required coursework and exams at the MA level and more specialized research at the PhD level. There is a geographical focus on Mesoamerica, Costa Rica, and North America, although faculty and student research covers the world. The Institute for Mesoamerican Studies coordinates research among Mesoamericanists, sponsors conferences and publications, and awards grants to graduate students. Cooperative interaction exists with the New York State Museum, the School of Public Health (several faculty are jointly appointed in the Department of Epidemiology), the School of Education, the NY State Department of Health, the SUNY Accelerator Laboratory, and the Departments of Biological Sciences, Geography, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Physics, Women's Studies and the
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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA; Linguistics BA; Human Biology BS
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Please see for degree requirements.
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
MA/MS Specializations Please see for degree requirements.
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd Requirements Please see for degree requirements.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities Departmental assistantships; tuition scholarships; and funding for graduate student fieldwork and research are available from the University, the NY State Museum and the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies.
Program Details
Research Facilities Laboratory facilities and research and teaching collections are available in archaeology and biological anthropology. There is an archaeometry laboratory and programs with the Physics Department. There are computer user rooms in the Department and in the University Libraries.
Library Resources The University Library provides strong support for the instructional and research needs of the department. The monograph collection exceeds 2 million volumes, of which over 80,000 are related to anthropology. The Library subscribes to approximately 270 full text and bibliographic databases, including e-HRAF, and provides access to about 30,000 journals, newspapers and other types of serials in print and/or electronic formats. Several important special collections relevant to anthropology are maintained, including a large collection of facsimile Mesoamerican codices, one of the most complete collections of American historical children's literature pertinent to analyses of social history, and the library of anthropologist Morris Opler. The Library is a partial depository for federal and NYS government documents. An active interlibrary loan network and proximity to the resources of the State Library of New York further complement the University's collections.
Publications Northeast Anthropology; Institute of Mesoamerican Studies book series and occasional publications.
Misc Information The University at Albany has an active Institute for Mesoamerican Studies (IMS). The Institute is a non-profit educational research institute dedicated to the study and dissemination of knowledge concerning the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America). Robert Rosenswig is the current director of the IMS. Their email address: Lawrence Schell is the director of The Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparties. The mission of the Center is to contribute to the elimination of minority health disparities by bringing faculty research expertise to bear on the problem through partnerships with communities, health care providers, county departments of health, and the NYS Department of Health. Email:
Certs Offered 0
Our faculty in all four subdisciplines enjoy a high profile in scholarship and leadership in national academic activities, such as membership on the editorial boards of journals and governing bodies of professional associations. Extensive research and teaching links with the NYS Museum, Albany Medical Center and the University's School of Public Health, provide many opportunities for our students in the areas of applied biological anthropology, museology and historical archaeology. See also NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info: Many of the Anthropology courses offered online are introductory courses, generally taught by grad students. A limited number of upper-level courses are also offered during the summer.
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Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: Anthro Club and Lambda Alpha Honor Society
Anthropology Club Advisor: Christopher Wolff
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1