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Anthropology BA/ Social Studies Education EdM

(HEGIS: 22.02 , CIP: 45.0201 Anthropology, General)

Department of Anthropology

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

Jaume Franquesa

Noreen von Cramon-Taubadel
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Learning and Instruction

Office of Educator Preparation
375 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4610

Louise Lalli
Academic Advisor

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Why study Anthropology BA/ Social Studies Education EdM at UB?

The Anthropology education program is an accelerated, combined degree program that leads to an Anthropology BA and a Social Studies Education EdM within five years.

Anthropology students learn the biological, historical, and social sciences in a unique study of humankind as a whole. The undergraduate program includes the subfields of archaeology, cultural anthropology and biological anthropology. The coursework in the first three years of the program will provide deep knowledge of anthropology. In addition, students take select education courses, which include experiential components, giving them the opportunity to experience the nuances of the teaching profession. The graduate portion of the program will continue to build an understanding of anthropology, as well as provide the skills to become an effective teacher. The final year in the program includes a residency that allows students to co-teach alongside an expert teacher. The opportunity to experience the inner workings of the classroom from fall setup to end-of-year grading prepares students to enter the teaching profession with expertise and confidence.

At the end of the five-year program, successful students will receive recommendations for New York State Initial and Professional Teacher Certification.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the combined program will complete the learning outcomes of the Anthropology BA.

In addition, graduates of the Social Studies Education EdM program will:

  • Display sophisticated knowledge of core concepts, theories and methods in cultural anthropology, biological anthropology and/or anthropological archaeology.
  • Appreciate and understand the diversity of human experience, interpret complexity.
  • Demonstrate global awareness and understanding of other cultures.
  • Demonstrate subject-specific content expertise that supports effective teaching in the field.
  • Conduct research: pose questions, conduct fieldwork, obtain evidence, analyze sources, assess information, instruct an argument.
  • Create inclusive learning environments to meet individual differences in a caring, culturally responsive, and professional manner.
  • Construct relevant and rigorous curricula that include critical assessment of student learning outcomes.
  • Design, develop, and evaluate learning experiences that maximize the use of digital and interactive technologies.
  • Promote the application of research and evidence-based practices in diverse settings throughout their teaching careers.
  • Remain intellectually curious, continually updating their knowledge and skills to ensure ongoing excellence in teaching.

The Learning Environment

Most undergraduate education classes in the Department of Learning and Instruction enroll between 18-24 students while graduate courses enroll between 10 – 18 students. Education courses are offered on campus as well as remotely. Small class sizes create an intimate learning environment where students have more opportunities to ask questions, contribute to discussions and get to know professors and peers. In the final year of the program, a one-year placement as a “teacher-in-residence” will provide a comprehensive learning opportunity in a secondary education classroom setting.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Anthropology office is located at 380 Academic Center in the Ellicott Complex. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled spaces throughout the campus, which include traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies. All faculty and administrative offices, advisement, and most classrooms in the Department of Learning and Instruction are located in Baldy Hall. A small selection of classes are scheduled in other locations on UB North Campus. Clinical experiences are offered throughout the program and are embedded in WNY region PreK–12 schools.

About Our Faculty

Dr. Sirianni and Dr. Bacigalupo have each received awards for excellence in teaching. Dr. Sirianni is a State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor and has also been recognized with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Bacigalupo has received the Student Association's Milton Plesur Teaching Excellence Award. Recent internal and external evaluations have given high marks to the department.

Learning and Instruction distinguished faculty researchers are thought leaders and innovators. They share a commitment to mentor students to become leaders in the teaching profession, influencing schools and communities. Learning and Instruction faculty pride themselves in applying knowledge that is based in theory and informed by research in environments that promote examination of teaching and learning across boundaries. The experiences of the faculty help to instill an intellectual curiosity and encourage critical inquiry in students.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Anthropology department website and Learning and Instruction website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

Employment opportunities exist as New York State and other states nationwide are facing current and future teacher shortages. Program graduates will be well equipped to find professional employment in public, private, and charter schools as teachers in grades 5-12. Graduates also may find career opportunities as educators, consultants, and researchers in public and private industry, as well as in government agencies.

Academic Advising

In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Advising, the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) in Anthropology advises students on the major and completion of requirements for the BA. New majors are required to meet with the DUS, but all students are encouraged to consult with the DUS regularly and review their progress toward completion. Students considering this program are encouraged to talk with the Graduate School of Education (GSE) advisor as well at the earliest opportunity. GSE advisement meetings can be scheduled face-to-face, please phone 716-645-6622 to schedule an appointment and via SKYPE or Facetime.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Students will find the College or Arts and Sciences Advising Services in Park 275, at 716-645-6883 and the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Anthropology in 380 Academic Center, Ellicott Complex at 716-645-2141.

To schedule education coursework advisement, contact:
Louise Lalli
306 Baldy Hall
Academic Advisor, Office of Educator Preparation
Email Louise Lalli

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Phyllis Hartrich Memorial Fund provides support on a competitive basis for anthropology majors conducting independent research. Project proposals are submitted annually to the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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Published: Jan 30, 2023 10:56:32