As a four-field Anthropology program with strong faculty representation in archeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology, we have theoretical and regional concentrations in applied, medical, and historical anthropology, as well as indigenous Mesoamerica and Northeastern North America. Archaeological, ethnographic, and linguistics field schools are offered in New York State, Newfoundland, and Mesoamerica. The department partners with the NY State Museum and the NY Dept, of Health. It also coordinates teaching and research collaborations with other departments including: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Biological Sciences, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and Public Health.
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.
In addition to an Ethnology Research Lab and a Linguistics Lab, the University has teaching collections available in archaeology and biological anthropology. There are computer user rooms in the Department and in the University Libraries. The department also has research laboratories in: Northeast Archaeology and Archaeometry; Mesoamerican Archaeology; Ecological and Environmental Archaeology; Demography; Primate Evolutionary Morphology; Evolutionary Paleoecology; Human Biomechanics; and a Laboratory for research on Child Health and the Environment.
The University at Albany Anthropology Department publishes the journal Northeast Anthropology, a book series through a joint agreement between the Institute of Mesoamerican Studies and the University of Colorado Press, and the journal Mesoamérica.
A variety of Anthropology courses are offered online from introductory courses to advanced classes that are taught by faculty and advanced graduate students. A limited number of lower and upper-level courses are offered during the winter and summer inter-sessions.