Overview of the Graduate Programs
The Department of Anthropology offers a broad range of graduate studies in theoretical and methodological areas of anthropology in the subfields of archaeology, cultural anthropology, and physical anthropology. Subfield studies can be combined or complemented with work in other disciplines. The purpose of our program is to provide students with the critical skills necessary for successful professional careers as anthropologists. From the first year, students combine required course offerings with research and coursework tailored to their needs. The Department of Anthropology is housed on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo. Our facilities provide extensive laboratory, office, classroom, and museum space in support of the graduate program.
Students may specialize in archaeology, cultural anthropology, or physical anthropology. In addition to the traditional subfields, the department offers opportunities to specialize in the following areas:
This associated graduate program is an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students interested in the ecological, behavioral and evolutionary processes that give rise to biological and behavioral diversity among plant and animal species. Members are drawn from anthropology, biology, geology, geography, psychology, and anatomy. Our activities include core courses in evolution and ecology, research seminars, journal clubs, and a distinguished speakers series. This graduate program awards Ph.D. and MS degrees, and students in other programs, including Anthropology, can also earn a certificate in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior.
The study of environmental and sociocultural factors in disease and disability applies anthropological theory and methods to understanding human health issues. Applied research addresses problems in health care among ethnic communities; age groups at special risk; and populations undergoing change, such as refugees and immigrants. Three specialties are available: M.A./Ph.D. track in human biological anthropology, M.A./Ph.D. track in cultural anthropological study of health-care systems, and an M.A. in Anthropology with a concentration in Medical Anthropology.