Buffalo State Students and reenactors at Old Fort Niagara

What It Means to Be Human

Anthropology is much more than stones and bones. Although anthropology is often associated with faraway places and remote excavations, anthropologists are increasingly involved in research on such topics as education, health, food, migration, sport, cultural identity, and other pressing issues in contemporary societies.

The study of anthropology provides a broad-based approach to the understanding of human culture, past and present, and human biology. The anthropological perspective is global, is holistic, and involves considerable time-depth. 

Anthropology Primary Subdivisions

  • Archaeology 
  • Biological anthropology
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Linguistics

Career Paths

Most non-teaching jobs in anthropology are in the areas of: archaeology, applied anthropology, public anthropology, environmental anthropology, and medical anthropology

Anthropology Careers


Recent Graduates' Employment

  • Buffalo Museum of Science
  • Coalition for Economic Justice/Jobs with Justice
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Buffalo History Museum
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Our Programs

The department offers a B.A. degree and a minor in anthropology. The department also hosts two interdisciplinary minors, forensic anthropology—the techniques for recovery and analysis of human remains for legal purposes—and Indigenous Studies—an in-depth focus on the cultures, histories, languages, literature, and contemporary issues of the Indigenous cultures of North, Central, and South America.

Explore Our Programs

Our Faculty

Our tenured faculty members are supplemented by adjunct instructors each semester to teach courses in three of the four fields of anthropology: archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. 

Meet Our Faculty

Dr. Maguire and students on Bengal Dare to Care Day.