SUNY, University at Buffalo, Department of Anthropology
380 Academic Center Ellicott Complex Buffalo NY 14261 United States
Phone+1 716.645.2414
General Description / Special Programs

Archaeology, cognitive anthropology, contemporary problems and culture change, cultural heritage, evolution of sociopolitical complexity, geographic information systems (GIS), human biology, human land use, medical anthropology, morphology, museum management, and primatology. Special interests pursued principally in research in: Africa, the Americas, including North America (north-contemporary Indians, Inuit, urban North America, also Northeast US prehistory), the Caribbean, Central America, and South America, Europe (including Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Age and historic periods and contemporary studies)

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Tuition Info
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Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA major/minor
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
39 credit hours required. Three (3) Introductory courses: APY 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology, APY 107 Introduction to Biological Anthropology, APY 108 Introduction to Archaeology. Nine (9) Anthropology courses, including: (2) area studies; (2) problem oriented or theoretical; (1) theory overview; (1) senior seminar; (3) elective anthropology courses; (1) statistics course.
MA/MS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Medical Anthropology
MA/ MS Requirements 30 credit hours required. First year: completion of 6 formal courses and submission of a research proposal, plus optional written examination. Second year: completion of 6 courses and a research thesis.
MA/MS Specializations Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Medical Anthropology.
PhD Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Phd Requirements 72 credit hours required, including successful completion of: 15 formal courses; the first year qualifying examination; original research paper; advanced examination; dissertation proposal defense; dissertation defense. Additionally, completion of subdiscipline requirements (see website for details).
Other Degree Field Areas
Critical Museum Studies
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Grants Or Funding Competitive assistantships available for qualified students.
Support Opportunities

Special Minority Fellowships; Presidential and Dean's Fellowships.

Program Details
Research Facilities

Physical anthropological lab with complete skeletal research collection, nonhuman primate fetal collection, and thermometric equipment. Archaeology boasts a good teaching and Northeast US research collection in the Anthropology Research Museum, a large research and study collection from Teotihuacan, Mexico, fully outfitted GIS lab. Archaeological Survey, a non-profit cultural resource management (CRM) firm, provides applied anthropology training for students through a summer field school. Library has a complete set of the HRAF (paper and electronic). Cultural resources include ethnographic films, video recording equipment and playback stations for fine-grained analysis of recorded behavior. 

Library Resources Extensive Anthropology library, Samuel M. Paley Library
Certs Offered 0
Institute of European and Mediterranean Archaeology (IEMA); Center for European Studies (CEUS); Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB)
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1