Are you fascinated by human culture and behavior? Are you curious, observant, and open-minded? Do you want to learn more about cultures that lived long ago, as well as ones that exist today? If so, you might be the perfect candidate for Buffalo State College’s anthropology program.
Anthropology studies the physical evolution, culture, and behavior of humans. Anthropologists seek to understand how the human species has evolved over time, how different groups adapt to different environments, and why people behave in particular ways. As an anthropologist, you might study ancient primate fossils, Celtic wedding rituals, or modern nightclub dancing—anything that involves the human body or human behavior.
“Being part of a dig and doing hands-on work brings out different skills than classroom work. You can see the light bulbs go on as students see the link between textbooks, research, and field work.”
Sue Maguire, associate professor of anthropology
"When I read a gravestone, I thought, 'This could be a friend’s great-grandmother.' I felt more connected to Buffalo because of the history we learned from these people.”
Brandi Simmang, '13, '14 , on the "Cemetery Project," a capstone course seminar in physical anthropology.
The Buffalo State anthropology program provides a four-field approach to prepare students for a wide variety of positions in archaeology, biological anthropology, social-cultural anthropology, and linguistics. Students majoring in anthropology at Buffalo State are prepared for careers in research, teaching, and beyond. Our anthropology students benefit from:
Anthropologists are trained observers who understand the importance of collecting data and listening to others. A Buffalo State bachelor's degree in anthropology prepares students for a number of jobs in the anthropology field, along with the fields of law, social work/counseling, and public administration with additional graduate study. Our alumni have gone onto graduate school in anthropology, biology, social work, counseling, higher education administration, art conservation and museum studies, and library science. Some job titles acquired by anthropology graduates include:
Buffalo State strives to provide students with hands-on learning opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. Some experiences available to anthropology students include:
Undergraduate research is one of the most powerful ways for students to learn. Working with a faculty member who is a practicing scientist, Buffalo State students can gain experiences not offered by regular courses and can learn first-hand the demands of anthropology research. Our students have presented projects at national and regional conferences as well as at Buffalo State's annual Student Research and Creativity Conference, which highlights the results of undergraduate research.
Anthropology students also are encouraged to pursue internships before graduation. Our students also have landed internships with sites throughout Western New York, including:
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