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.
Keep in mind that many internships and field schools have application deadlines, so make sure to regularly check program websites to plan your experience accordingly. To receive academic credit, it is recommended you contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies before participating in these activities.
Note: The University at Buffalo Department of Anthropology does not endorse or otherwise support the internships and field experiences available here. This list is provided for informational purposes only.
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APY 338 - Field Research
The Department of Anthropology offers a 6-week field school experience at active survey sites in the Buffalo region. Offered in conjunction with Archaeological Survey, students interested in pursuing a Cultural Resource Management (CRM) career are encouraged to participate to learn methods and practices of this field.
The Department of Anthropology and the College of Arts and Sciences offer funding for experiential learning opportunities? Consider applying for the Phyllis Hartrich Memorial Award, the CAS Experiential Learning Fund, or the Walker Family Experiential Learning Fund.
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:
The Lake Ohrid Archaeological Field School and study abroad program in Albania is being offered for the first time this summer (July 8–Aug 26, 2023) through UB Study Abroad. The program will provide training in a variety of archaeological and paleoecological methods and a unique cultural experience through planned tours and excursions in the heart of the Balkans and on the Ionian Sea coast. We will stay on the UNESCO listed shoreline of Lake Ohrid in the idyllic town of Pogradec, and collaborate with other prominent universities such as Oxford and Cologne throughout the course of the program, giving students the chance to experience a variety of research traditions and build their academic networks.
Registration is open now through March 15.
The program is open to students from all disciplines, but may particularly interest those studying Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Classics, Environment and Sustainability, Ecology, Cultural Heritage Management, Museology, Balkan Studies, or related fields.
Please see the PDF brochure for further details and direct any questions about the program to program director, Dr. Patrick Willett at firstname.lastname@example.org, or the office of study abroad at email@example.com.
Location: Tarragona, Spain
The department is excited to launch a new study abroad program, "Cultural Heritage: From classic ruins to living landscapes". Students will travel to Tarragona, Spain to engage with the historical, archaeological and cultural heritage of this region. Learning experiences will consist of lectures, guided field trips, visits to museums, and invited talks by local officials, heritage practitioners and scholarly specialists. Lectures will take place at the Catalan Institute of Classic Archaeology (ICAC), located in the heart of Tarragona’s old town.
Location: Grosseto, Italy
Dates: 5/28 - 6/21/2023
Offered by UB's Department of Classics, the Monteverdi Archaeological Field School takes place in the heart of Tuscany (Italy) in the Commune of Civitella Paganico (Grosseto). The medieval village was founded in the 13th c. CE. The field school excavations focus on a late Etruscan-Republican sanctuary and related vicus as well as on a deserted medieval village, along the middle valley of the river Ombrone. These sites represent a unique occasion to investigate economies in transition and settlement patterns in the territory of south Etruria. Courses are aimed at students, early career scholars and those passionate about archaeology, classics, art history, anthropology and cultural heritage management. No prior experience is required.
Visit UB's Study Abroad page for registration details.
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.
Start a project to build skills and gain real-world experience for your career. The Experiential Learning Network's Project Portal is the easiest place to get started! Once you start a project, you can also pursue an ELN Digital Badge to display your accomplishments to future employers and graduate schools.
The Experiential Learning Center is a resource specifically for students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Undergraduate students may receive guidance from staff experts or simply use the space to research available internship, service-learning or study abroad opportunities, as well as scholarships and other funding sources.
The Experiential Learning Center
College of Arts and Sciences
810 Clemens Hall
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