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Anthropology BA/Anthropology MA - Medical Anthropology Concentration - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 22.02 ANTHROPOLOGY, CIP: 45.0201 Anthropology)

Department of Anthropology

380 Academic Center
Ellicott Complex
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261-0026

Jaume Franquesa

Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Associated Subjects

Completing the Anthropology BA/Anthropology MA - Medical Anthropology Concentration Program

Academic Requirements

The joint BA/MA program is designed to be completed in ten semesters. Students should take at least one graduate-level course in Anthropology during their seventh semester, and they should enroll entirely in graduate-level courses thereafter. Students enrolled in the joint program are exempt from the major requirement to take APY 401 (Theory in Anthropology), since they are required to take an equivalent course at the graduate level.

Academic Advice

Minimum grader of 2.0 overall.

Minimum grade of C- must be earned in all APY courses counting towards the major. 

All undergraduate majors include at least 24-credit hours at the upper division (at least 300-level).

Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer students must be accepted by the University prior to applying for major or minor status in the Department of Anthropology. The criteria for acceptance into the department are the same for transfer students as they are for SUNY/Buffalo students.

Prerequisite Courses

Applicants to the major must have taken at least one of the required 100-level courses (APY 106, APY 107, or APY 108) and received a C- or above.

Exceptions are made for entering first-year students, who may declare Anthropology as a major upon matriculation at the university.

Required Courses

Major Courses:

APY 106 Intro to Cultural Anthropology
APY 107 Into to Biological Anthropology
APY 108 Intro to Archaeology
APY 401 Theory in Anthropology (to be substituted with APY 651 Graduate Survey of Physical Anthropology or APY 654 Graduate Survey of Social and Cultural Anthropology II)
Two area study courses selected from the list below
Two problem-orientated or theoretical courses selected from the list below
APY 494 Senior Seminar
Three undergraduate level APY electives
One course in statistics selected from the following:

  • CEP 207 Introduction to Statistics and Computing
  • GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography
  • PSC 200 Empirical Political Science
  • PSC 408 Basic Statistics for Social Science
  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
  • SOC 294 Basic Statistics for Social Sciences
  • STA 119 Statistical Methods
  • SSC 225 Statistics for Social Sciences

A Practicum (0 credits)

Undergraduate-level electives:

Area studies courses, which include (but are not limited to):

Problem-oriented or theoretical courses, which include (but are not limited to):

Note that APY 401 (Theory in Anthropology) is not required for students enrolled in the joint BA/MA program, because they are required to take a graduate-level equivalent.

MA in Anthropology - Medical Anthropology Concentration requirements:

APY 651 Graduate Survey of Physical Anthropology or APY 654 Graduate Survey of Social and Cultural Anthropology II
APY 508 Qualitative Research Methods
Three graduate-level Medical Anthropology electives from the list of approved electives below. One of these courses will be a substitute for an undergraduate elective course.
Four graduate-level Anthropology electives from the courses listed below (in consultation with the advisor). These will take the place of four undergraduate electives.
APY MA Project/Thesis guidance

Graduate-level electives:

Electives in Anthropology:

Electives in Medical Anthropology:

  • APY 545 Dental Anthropology
  • APY 546 Physical Anthropology Topics
  • APY 548 Human Genetics – Legal and Ethical Issues
  • APY 556 Religion and Society
  • APY 565 Gender & Healing in Latin America
  • APY 578 Ethnomedicine
  • APY 584 Transcultural Psychiatry
  • APY 594 Advanced Physical Anthropology
  • APY 603 Anthropology of Death and Trauma
  • APY 604 Culture and Disability
  • APY 606 Anthropology of Reproduction
  • APY 607 Individual Readings Physical Anthropology
  • APY 624 Topics in Medical Anthropology
  • APY 710 Geographic Medicine

Departmental Honors Requirements

Honors in Anthropology is achieved by maintaining a GPA of at least 3.500 in the major and satisfactorily completing a two-semester research project through intensive consultation with a thesis advisor and two more faculty members. Please see Honors in Anthropology webpage for further information.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Anthropology BA/Anthropology MA - Medical Anthropology Concentration degrees
Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate)36
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)30
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum39
Additional Credits Required for Electives27
Total Credits Required for Degree132

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Refer to the Graduate School's Policies and Procedures Manual for requirements for master's degree candidates.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:30