The Anthropology Department seeks to prepare MA and PhD students who want to gain a strong background in both theoretical and applied aspects of anthropology to pursue academic or professional careers.
Students choosing to pursue master's or doctoral studies in Anthropology may choose to specialize in archaeology, cultural anthropology or physical anthropology. In addition to the traditional subfields, the department offers opportunities to specialize in the following areas:
The MA in Critical Museum Studies is a 36-credit
pre-professional interdiciplinary program sponsored by the
Departments of Anthropology, Art/Visual
Studies, and the Arts
Management Program. Each has a history of active
museum/curatorial practice and has museum collections themselves or
direct access to museum collections in Buffalo and beyond. Students
will gain a theoretically informed and politically engaged
perspective on visualty. Theprogram seeks to explore the
institutional structure of the museum—whether dedicated to
anthropology, art, or vis-à-vis its own internal
workings—and how the museum is itself implicated in the
meaning and functioning of images or objects.
Students may apply for admission to this program through the Department of Art.
Evolution, Ecology and Behavior (EEB) is an interdisciplinary group comprised of faculty and students interested in the ecological, behavioral and evolutionary processes that give rise to biological and behavioral diversity among plant and animal species. Members are drawn from anthropology, biology, geology, geography, psychology and anatomy. The group’s activities include core courses in evolution and ecology, research seminars, journal clubs and a distinguished speaker series.
The EEB graduate program awards PhD and MS degrees.
The MA concentration in Medical Anthropology provides students a focused program using anthropological theory and methods to understand the environmental and sociocultural factors in disease, disability and human health issues.
This track will train heritage managers, archaeologists, anthropologists, tourist industry managers, law and policy makers, and other professionals in the crucial issues of cultural heritage including cultural heritage in education, contemporary identity formation, cultural creativity, community development and heritage preservation.
This track combines anthropological
and classical archaeologic interests with cross-disciplinary
methodologies in European archaeology, including areas like
Mediterranean pre- and proto-history and the Roman provinces, where
the approaches of the two fields intersect.
Anthropology at UB strives to create a supportive, inclusive and
intellectually engaged academic environment for its graduate