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Experiential Learning

Screening at Corvie Bay, Kiska Island, Alaska.  Photo: Caroline Funk.

Explorers wanted!

Experiential learning is the process through which students engage with anthropology outside of the classroom setting. By participating in experiential learning opportunities, students create community, gain practical skills, and participate in activities that enhance their undergraduate experience.

Whether they continue with anthropology or try something entirely different, the anthropology department’s experiential learning programs provide students with an excellent basis to further their life opportunities outside of the university setting.

Study Abroad

Take part in a study abroad experience to fully immerse yourself in cross-cultural exchanges to prepare for the increasingly global world.  Visit the UB Study Abroad webpage to find out which program is best suited for you.

Study abroad courses are commonly graded S/U on the student’s record but major credit is earned. To earn major credit for your experience:

  • You are encouraged to consult with the Director of Undergraduate Studies prior to departing for a study abroad program.  A meeting should address how this experience may affect your academic progress and if the courses taken during the study abroad program are elgible for major credit.
  • After returning from the program, you should submit a Petition Form and the syllabi for each course taken during the program for review and awarding of department credit.

Field Schools

The field school opportunity is a unique way to develop skills in a hands-on environment. Our department offers its own archaeological field school, but students have also had meaningful experiences with other field schools as well.

Anthropology Department

Archaeological Survey


Narta Lagoon Archaeological Project


Çadir Höyük Archaeological Project

Çatalhöyük West Mound Project

Seyitomer Höyük Archaeological Project


Cumidava Archaeological Research Project (CARP)

Independent Research

Did you discover a topic that piqued your interest during a course and you want to investigate it further?  Conducting an independent study is a great opportunity to further delve into your interests while receiving guidance and mentorship from faculty.

Students receive academic credit for their research by registering for APY 499 Independent Study and Research.


Anthropology students have been successful in securing a wide variety of internships and practica with hands-on experience in all three subdisciplines.

The below listings are examples of recent relationships that have been forged between students and outside agencies:

UB Anderson Art Gallery
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village
The Buffalo History Museum
Buffalo Museum of Science
Buffalo Riverkeeper 
Buffalo Zoo
Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office
Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia          
International Institute (on Delaware Avenue)
Jericho Road Community Health Center
Journey’s End Refugee Services
Student Conservation Association
Rochester Museum and Science Center
Vive la Casa  

It is the student’s responsibility to seek out such opportunities, to make the necessary connections, and to file the proper paperwork in a timely fashion with the department (to ensure credit is received for the internship). If you have questions about the internship process, please speak with the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and/or your adviser.