Anthropology, defined as "the study of humankind," aims to promote an understanding of our ever changing world and an appreciation of people and cultures of the world, past and present. There are many different kinds of anthropologists, with different interests and research specializations. Most anthropologists specialize in one of the four major subfields of the discipline:
• Cultural Anthropology: the study of the diversity of human behavior in present Western and non-Western societies;
• Archaeology: the study of the material remains of cultures in order to reconstruct the behaviors and beliefs of past societies;
• Physical Anthropology: the study of humans as biological organisms including the variation of the human species, past and present;
• Linguistics: the study of the structure, diversity, and evolution of human languages and the relationship between language and culture.
Major in Anthropology
A Major in Anthropology is an excellent undergraduate program to introduce students to a variety of fields of study. With its four-field approach, anthropology explores various cultures, past and present, material remains, human biology, fossils, skeletons and living human populations, intricacies of languages and communication. As a social science, anthropology is broad in scope and encompasses a variety of related fields, including the humanities, sciences, and the arts.
Study abroad and internships are greatly encouraged and many of our majors do so as part of their undergraduate program.
Minors in Anthropology
The Department also offers a Minor in Anthropology, which requires 18 hours in anthropology.
Related Minors and Majors
The Department participates in several related interdisciplinary programs including Africana Studies, American Studies, Latin American Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Human Development, International Relations, Linguistics, Religious Studies, and Women's Studies. Dual majors and related minors are popular ways of enriching students' understanding of human diversity and broadening their career options.
Department and College Facilities
Departmental Computing Facilities
Networked computer lab • full student access to email, internet and software applications • laser printers and flat-bed scanners • copy stand for 35 mm and digital images • digital cameras • laptop notebooks • steriomicroscope • discipline specific software
Cultural Anthropology Resources
Algonquin Artifact, Ethnography, and Ethnohistory Collections • The Alumni Iroquois Art Collection • The Jesse Cornplanter 20th Century Seneca Iroquois Collection • The Indian Ethnic Heritage Education Resource Center • The Genesee Valley Historical Collection • The Wadsworth Family Papers • Southeast Asian Refugee Resettlement Project and Resource Center • Haitian and Caribbean Collection of Religious Artifacts and Folk Art • Yucatec Maya Photo and Cultural Collections
The Macauley Complex, Archaic-Woodlands Archaeology of Western New York • Comparative Zooarchaeological Collection • The Coba Archaeological Mapping Project, Quintana Roo, Mexico • The Wadsworth Early American Collection • The Weinstein Danish Neolithic Collection • Archaeology Lab
Physical Anthropology Resources
Extensive Cast Collection of Fossil Hominids • Human Skeletal Collections • Primate skeletal and cast collections • Computers/printers • Human Variations Lab
Digital Equipment • Recorders • Computer Software