Department Chair: Lisa Marie Anselmi
Anthropology is the exploration of what it means to be human. As a study concentration, anthropology is far 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.
In addition to traditional paths in teaching and research, an anthropology degree can lead to careers in non-academic areas such as forensics, contract archaeology, cultural resource management, museum technology, social services, education, government, and marketing.
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, holistic, and involves considerable time-depth. The major exposes students to the primary subdivisions within the field: archaeology, cultural anthropology, folklore, linguistics, and physical anthropology.
Recent graduates have been hired by organizations such as the Buffalo Museum of Science, Coalition for Economic Justice/Jobs with Justice, Planned Parenthood, and the Buffalo History Museum.