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Admission to the Major

Acceptance into the major has three requirements:

  1. Applicants to the major must have earned a minimum overall GPA of 2.0.
  2. Applicants complete an Application for Major Status and submit the form in person to the Anthropology Undergraduate Office. We urge students to do this as soon as they have decided on anthropology as a major so they can receive all announcements sent out by email and be fully involved in department activities.
  3. The student will be a Provisional Major until one of our required 100-level courses (APY 106, APY 107, or APY 108) is completed with a grade of C- or better. A faculty adviser is assigned when the student becomes a full major.

UB policy mandates that all courses used to satisfy a requirement for the major must be successfully completed with a letter grade of C- or above. S/U grades are not acceptable. UB’s only exception to the S/U rule is courses taken through the Study Abroad Program.

To be in good standing, students must maintain both an overall GPA and an Anthropology GPA of at least 2.0 through completion of their undergraduate program.

Major Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES: 5 courses (15 credits total)

  • 3 Introductory Courses

APY 106 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

APY 107 – Introduction to Physical Anthropology

APY 108 – Introduction to Archaeology

Students should take their 100 level courses at the beginning of their program, or as close to the beginning as possible.

  • 1 Anthropological Theory Course

APY 401 – Theory in Anthropology

Offered every spring and focusing on theory and its applications in all three sub-fields. Students should plan to take this course in their sophmore or junior year.

  • 1 Senior Seminar

APY 494 – Senior Seminar

The Senior Seminar is required for full majors and is intended to be taken in the senior year. Topics vary.

 

MAJOR COURSES AND ELECTIVES: 7 courses (21-23 credits total)

  • 2 Area Study Courses

Courses about the culture(s) of a specific geographic region; prehistory courses are acceptable, with adviser’s consent.

  • 2 Problem-Oriented or Theoretical Courses

Courses focusing on specific topical/theoretical themes or methodological issues in anthropology.

  • 3 Electives

 Majors may choose the electives from any of the APY courses listed on the following pages.

 

STATISTICS COURSE: 1 course (3 credits total)

Accepted Statistics Courses include CEP 207, GEO 211, PSC 200, PSC 408, PSY 207, SOC 294, STA 119, SSC 225.

 

PRACTICUM

Although the practicum is not a course, all majors are required to complete this component. The practicum is conducted under the close supervision of one or more faculty members and is a project involving the practical application of theory and/or the collection of new data for further theoretical analysis.

Students should plan to complete their practicum in their senior year, if possible. The three subdisciplines have established their own guidelines for satisfaction of this requirement.

Double and Triple Majors

Frequently, students will apply for major status in an additional department, or even in two additional departments. Students should inform the Undergraduate Office and the faculty advisers of this choice to ensure it is properly recorded in the student file.

Joint Major Requirements

The Department of Anthropology offers a joint major with other departments offering BA degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences. The joint major is an opportunity for students to develop an individualized degree program spanning two departments, while taking a smaller number of credits in each course of study than a double major requires.

Interested students should propose a program of study in consultation with their Anthropology faculty adviser and with their adviser in the second department. Their proposed plan of study should be submitted to the Anthropology Undergraduate Office to be entered into student’s departmental file. Subsequent courses taken should conform to the plan.

 

REQUIRED COURSES: 3 courses (9 credits total)

APY 106 – Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

APY 107 – Introduction to Physical Anthropology

APY 108 – Introduction to Archaeology

Students should take their 100 level courses at the beginning of their program, or as close to the beginning as possible.
 

MAJOR COURSES AND ELECTIVES: 5 courses (varies)

1 Area Study course

Courses about the culture(s) of a specific geographic region; prehistory courses are acceptable, with adviser’s consent.

1 Problem-Oriented or Theoretical course

Courses focusing on specific topical/theoretical themes or methodological issues in anthropology.

3 Electives

Majors may choose the electives from any of the APY-prefix courses to fulfill this requirement.

The practicum, senior seminar, anthropological theory course and statistics course are not required for the joint major.

Double Degrees

It is possible to major in Anthropology, which awards a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, and another program awarding a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. This is not at all an uncommon occurrence, especially for those students who plan on going to medical or dental school.

Double degree students must still complete all major requirements for each program. Students should inform the Undergraduate Office and the faculty adviser of this designation to ensure that it is properly recorded in the student file.