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
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
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:
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.
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
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.