Summer 2020 Course Offerings

Students at Baird Point.

APY 106: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Reg.# 12795
Session III: 7/6/2020 - 8/14/2020

“Introduction to Cultural Anthropology” will explain the concept of culture—as a set of meanings, values, and practices—and put it into useful perspective.  We ignore culture when we presume that people act simply to maximize profit, convenience, or enjoyment.  An understanding of culture, then allows us to appreciate the complexity of social life and the ways in which it intersects with constructions of race, class, gender, sexuality and nationality.  

We explore in this course cross-cultural perspectives and variance in meanings of what often remains unquestioned, for e.g. differences between men and women, sexual practices and identities, racial and class based experiences, ideas about illness and health to name just a few. We also look at what methods, ethics, and cast of mind, the anthropologist brings to the people studied, near and far. More important for most students would be a reflection on how a non-anthropologist could apply the same cultural sensibilities to the daily life of a plural-but-unequal society such as our own?  Politicians and pundits mostly treat culture as a fixed, genetic category, the way one used to think of race. If it succeeds, this course will enable you to contribute nuance to debates on social diversity around you and at a distance.   

APY 107: Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Reg.# 12796
Session III: 7/6/2020 - 8/14/2020
Instructor Dr. Stephanie Poindexter

For centuries preceding modern times, our uniqueness as a species was taken as a sign of special creation; we were not seen to be a part of nature. But as knowledge of human evolution, our closeness to other primates, and our adaptations to specific environments emerged, we have taken our place in the animal kingdom. Here, we learn how those insights developed, and about current methods of understanding human origins and the natural forces that have shaped us.

APY 108: Introduction to Archaeology

Reg.# 12181
Session I: 5/26/2020 - 7/3/2020
Instructor Dr. Peter Biehl

Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains.  So much evidence of human activity on earth exists outside the realm of written records that archaeology is of primary importance in reconstructing past human life ways. Bridging the gap between the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, archaeologists integrate many types of evidence in order to shed light on the origins of our species, Homo sapiens sapiens and development through time of so many different cultural manifestations.  Introduction to Archaeology provides an overview of the methods, theories and models used by archaeologists to better understand past human societies, from the formulation of a research question, through the processes of survey and excavation, to the analysis of data, and the interpretation of the results.

APY 338: Field Research Archaeology

Registration #11583
Session I: 5/26/2020 - 7/3/2020
Monday-Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
262 Fillmore Academic Center
Instructor Dr. Douglas Perrelli

Field Research Archaeology provides an intensive and rewarding archaeological field and lab experience for undergraduate students interested in archaeology as an academic major and for those interested in pursuing a career in the field of Cultural Resource Management (CRM). Field school is geared towards undergraduate students with interests in North American Archaeology or related fields including history, geology, geography, soil science and the natural sciences. The goal is to introduce students to the techniques of archaeological site location, artifact identification, excavation, mapping, and material analysis in a fun but rigorous academic and applied setting.


Current UB students may register for Summer 2020 courses in HUB Student Center beginning on March 9, 2020.

Visiting students may register through the UBThisSummer site.