About Us

  • What is Anthropology?
    Anthropology is the study of humans, past and present. To understand the full sweep and complexity of cultures across all of human history, anthropology draws from and builds upon knowledge from the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities. It is the only discipline that examines and attempts to understand humankind as a whole.
  • Why Choose Us?
    The Department of Anthropology encourages students at the undergraduate and graduate levels to be active participants in their education. Most undergraduate courses in the major are taught by faculty in smaller-sized classes, allowing students to make meaningful connections and develop collaborations with faculty to enhance their learning experience. Graduate students benefit from supportive faculty mentorship as they develop intellectually and professionally as researchers and teachers.
  • Diversity and Inclusion
    The Department of Anthropology is committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and socially just community of students, faculty, and staff. We reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination in classrooms, offices, laboratories, fieldwork sites and other settings. We value and celebrate the diversity of the human experience that encompasses race/ethnicity, class, gender, citizenship, sexuality, religion and spiritual beliefs, language, age, and ability. We recognize these identities intersect in multiple and complex ways, privileging some and disenfranchising others. We are committed to providing safe and inclusive learning environments that promote respect for difference, challenge stereotypes, embrace individual experiences, and advance scholarship and advocacy of historically marginalized groups.
  • Meet Our Students
    Our students are conducting exciting research around the globe and right here in Western New York. Explore a small selection of their experiences both in the field and in the classroom.
  • Support Anthropology
    Every gift you make, regardless of the amount, is important to our success.  Your generosity sustains our commitment to learning, discovery and service within the UB community and beyond.