2017-18
Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Anthropology (APY)

Anthropology

380 Millard Fillmore Academic Center
Ellicott Complex
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261-0026
Ph: 716-645-2415
F: 716-645-3808
W: www.buffalo.edu/cas/anthropology.html
Peter Biehl
Chair
Frederick Klaits
Director of Undergraduate Studies

The Learning Environment

The Anthropology Department offers courses in three subfields of anthropology: archaeology, cultural anthropology and physical anthropology. Archaeology is a discipline that employs a multitude of historical and scientific methods to study past societies through physical remains. Cultural anthropology is the study of shared and transmitted beliefs, behaviors and products within human societies. Physical anthropology is the study of the origins and evolution of our own species and our primate relatives.

Classes offered by the department range from large lecture to small seminar formats. Students complete a capstone senior seminar in addition to a range of area studies and theoretical or problem-oriented courses. Students in physical anthropology engage in laboratory work, while those studying archaeology perform practical research on human artifacts. The department requires independent study in the form of a practicum project conducted under the supervision of a faculty member.

About Our Facilities

The Department of Anthropology office is located at 380 Fillmore 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.

Archaeology students who enroll in the department-sponsored field school have the opportunity to conduct artifact identification and material analysis in a working Cultural Resource Management (CRM) firm, UB’s Archaeological Survey.

The Physical Anthropology program has two specialized labs: a wet lab to conduct specimen dissections and a morphology dry lab outfitted with a skeletal collection.

The Marian E. White Anthropology Research Museum and Anthropology Library provide resources to undergraduate students conducting research.

About Our Faculty

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

Faculty List Directory

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

APY Courses


  • APY 104LEC Great Sites and Lost Tribes: The Romantic Element in Archaeology
    Lecture

    Examines the romantic element in archaeology in the great sites of the world, such as Troy, Olduvai Gorge, Stonehenge, and so forth. Since the sites cannot be separated from their discoverers and excavators, we also consider the lives of the most famous and romantic archaeologists, including Schliemann, Leakey, and Kenyon.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 105LEC Introduction to Anthropology
    Lecture

    This class is a general introduction to the field of anthropology, the study of humanity. It is designed to pique your interest in the broad diversity of human behavior and lifestyles across the world and throughout time. This course will take a look at our four major subfields - archaeology, linguistic anthropology, physical anthropology, and cultural anthropology - and include discussions on our "youngest" subfield, applied anthropology. The goal of this class is to understand the wide range of issues covered by the fields of anthropology, the ways in which these issues are studied by specialists in the field, and the practical effects of the questions covered by anthropological study. In order to survey such a wide range of issues, the class is structured in a standard lecture format, with small group exercises and class discussions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • APY 106LEC Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    Lecture

    Surveys important ideas about culture and society that have shaped cultural anthropology. Studies the principal institutions of culture - language, social organization, religion, economics, politics, artistic expression, etc. - in their traditional ethnographic context and as they change through cultural contact and modernization.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 107LEC Introduction to Physical Anthropology
    Lecture

    For centuries preceding modern times, our uniqueness as a species was taken as a sign of special creation; we were not seen to be a part of nature. But as knowledge of human evolution, our closeness to other primates, and our adaptations to specific environments emerged, we have taken our place in the animal kingdom. Here, we learn how those insights developed, and about current methods of understanding human origins and the natural forces that have shaped us.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • APY 108LEC Introduction to Archaeology
    Lecture

    Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains and is of primary importance in reconstructing past human life ways that exist outside the realm of written record. Bridging the gap between the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, archaeologists integrate many types of evidence in order to shed light on the origins of our species. This course provides an overview of the methods, theories and models used by archaeologists to better understand past human societies, from the formulation of a research question, through the processes of survey and excavation, to the analysis of data, and the interpretation of the results. The many topics covered in the course include: excavation, interpretation, conservation, technology, cultural diffusion and evolution, and cultural heritage.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 120LEC Environmental Anthropology
    Lecture

    It is clear that our environment appears to not always be kind to us. Whether we are exposed to toxins produced by industry, harsh temperatures or malnutrition, the outcome is often poorer health and shorter life. As a biological/behavioral science, anthropology is in a unique position to explore and expand this knowledge area.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 168LEC Myth & Religion Anc World
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 198SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The one credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps transition to UB through an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 198 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the UB seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • APY 199SEM UB Seminar
    Seminar

    The three credit UB Seminar is focused on a big idea or challenging issue to engage students with questions of significance in a field of study and, ultimately, to connect their studies with issues of consequence in the wider world. Essential to the UB Curriculum, the Seminar helps students with common learning outcomes focused on fundamental expectations for critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and oral communication, and learning at a university, all within topic focused subject matter. The Seminars provide students with an early connection to UB faculty and the undergraduate experience at a comprehensive, research university. This course is equivalent to any 199 offered in any subject. This course is a controlled enrollment (impacted) course. Students who have previously attempted the course and received a grade of F or R may not be able to repeat the course during the fall or spring semester.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Other Requisites: Students who have already successfully completed the first year seminar course may not repeat this course. If you have any questions regarding enrollment for this course, please contact your academic advisor.
  • APY 203LEC Anthropology and Film
    Lecture

    Studies culture through the use of visual materials (films, tapes, etc.). Emphasizes learning anthropological concepts, attitudes, and methodologies, with film as the primary medium for so doing. This is a class in anthropology, rather than a films course.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • APY 217LEC Anthropology of War
    Lecture

    The course seeks to offer a deeper understanding of war as a contemporary social and political issue. Questions we will examine include whether war is intrinsic to human nature, what causes war, how war is conducted, how people in war-torn societies endure violence, and what the consequences of war are. The course will also explore debates about the so-called War on Terror and about recent attacks by ISIS and other militant groups.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 238LEC Near East and Mid East Prehistory
    Lecture

    Archaeology of the prehistoric Near and Middle East from the peopling of the region through the emergence of the first villages and the domestication of plants and animals to the emergence of city-states in the 3rd millennium BC.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • APY 245LEC Survey of the Primates
    Lecture

    Introduces the field of primatology, including primate taxonomy, ecology, and evolution. Uses a variety of visual aids. Encourages primate biology, and visits to the Buffalo Zoo and the Physical Anthropology Laboratory.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 246LEC Introduction to Primate Behavior
    Lecture

    Behavior, and social organization of non-human primates: current theories, evolutionary processes, and research methods, both in the field and in the laboratories.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • APY 248LEC Human Genetics
    Lecture

    Examines contemporary human genetics relevant to families and society, including genetic diseases, family planning and demography, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis, genetic engineering, and genetics and the law. Provides students with sufficient understanding of contemporary human genetics to intelligently address these issues.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 250LEC Topics
    Lecture

    This is a topics course, and as such, represents a wide variety of potential offerings. Information about the current semester's topic(s) can be found here: http://anthropology.buffalo.edu/courses/undergraduate/

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 262LEC Anthropology and Justice
    Lecture

    Examines comparative studies of justice from the perspectives of local and global human problems, including analyses of the causes of conflict and dispute: inequality, poverty, racism, war and aggression, colonialism, sexism, economic exploitation, and so forth. Considers justice in the context of related cultural concepts and values (such as truth and harmony) and in a variety of institutional settings (such as the community, workplace, and nation). In addition, the course investigates aspects of crime, deviance, punishment and rehabilitation, and restitution.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 265LEC People of South East Asia
    Lecture

    Examines the history and culture of both mainland and island Southeast Asia, emphasizing kinship, religion, and political systems, as well as art forms.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 275LEC Culture, Health, and Illness
    Lecture

    People in all societies experience illness, but their understandings of the causes of disease and approaches for restoring health differ greatly. This course examines the social and cultural dimensions of health, illness, and healing. Through a variety of case studies, we will learn about the ways medical anthropologists study explanations of disease, experiences of suffering, and the social organization of health care. Western medicine, also called biomedicine, will also be an object of our analysis. We will discuss how the delivery of biomedical health care involves particular understandings of the body and appropriate social relationships. Emphasis will also be placed on how the stories that individuals and institutions circulate about human agency in suffering shape individual convictions about how to care, and for whom to care. The course aims to teach students to think about health, disease, and medicine in national, cross-cultural and global terms.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 304LEC Food and Culture
    Lecture

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 311LEC Psychological Anthropology
    Lecture

    Psychological anthropology explores the relationship between culture/society and psychological phenomena such as personality, emotion, cognition, and mental illness. Both anthropologists and psychologists have long recognized that there are complex associations between these phenomena, but identifying exactly how they are related has been a major challenge. This course surveys efforts to incorporate psychological perspectives into anthropology, starting with late 19th century psychoanalysis, examining the very influential work on culture and personality that shaped much of anthropology in the middle of the 20th century, and more recent research in cognitive anthropology.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 312LEC Culture and Reproduction
    Lecture

    Involves a cross-cultural and cross-national survey of human reproduction. Patterns of fertility regulation, pregnancy, birth, and early infant care.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 315SEM Cross-Cultural Study of Women
    Seminar

    Examines political, economic, and social systems of various non-Western societies in relationship to the roles women take as reproducers of cultural values or as activists working for change.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 320SEM Seminar in Cognitive Anthropology
    Seminar

    Examines human thinking as a cultural and social, as well as a psychological (or computational), phenomenon. Regards cognition as closely interconnected with cultural forms, social systems, and everyday activities. The course also addresses the very concept of 'cognition' as a cultural product whose social and historical origins require investigation.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 321SEM Topics
    Seminar

    This is a topics course, and as such, represents a wide variety of potential offerings. Information about the current semester's topic(s) can be found here: http://anthropology.buffalo.edu/courses/undergraduate/

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 323LEC Anthropology and Education
    Lecture

    This course takes a global perspective on human teaching and learning in a variety of cultural contexts. We explore ethnographic methods in educational research and anthropological approaches to education in its widest sense, both in and out of schools. Such forms of socialization as apprenticeship and initiation will be discussed alongside of the formal educational institutions of North American and European nations. This course will also address the educational issues facing immigrants and minority populations in contemporary societies. Readings and discussion will emphasize research and practice. We will work with various qualitative methods, including autoethnography, and will also explore depictions of teachers and students in both ethnographic and feature films. There are no prerequisites.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 324LEC Approaches to the Study of Religion
    Lecture

    Introduces different approaches to the study of religion, their main contributions and shortcomings, and the debates within the study of religion. Students become familiar with contemporary issues in the study of religion and apply theory with critical awareness in the analysis of religious phenomena.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
    Prerequisites: APY 106
  • APY 325LEC Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Religion
    Lecture

    Familiarizes students with the rich cultural syncretisms of Afro-Caribbean culture from a Latin American perspective, challenges the miasma of mysticism surrounding the religions as viewed by developed nations, and provides students with the basic skills necessary to conduct field research from an anthropological perspective.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 325SEM Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Religion
    Seminar

    Familiarizes students with the rich cultural syncretisms of Afro-Caribbean culture from a Latin American perspective, challenges the miasma of mysticism surrounding the religions as viewed by developed nations, and provides students with the basic skills necessary to conduct field research from an anthropological perspective.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 330LEC Prehistory of Europe
    Lecture

    Examines European prehistory from the Paleolithic period through the formation of the earliest states in Europe.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 331LEC Archaeology of New World
    Lecture

    Examines prehistoric development of Indian cultures in North and South America, from the initial aboriginal occupation of the Americas.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 333LEC North American Archaeology
    Lecture

    Studies the peopling of the continent, landscape evolution, origins and spread of agriculture, and the rise of chiefly forms of social organization. Also examines Meso-American influences, and the effects of European conquest.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 338LAB Field Research Archaeology
    Laboratory

    Field Research Archaeology provides an intensive and rewarding archaeological field and lab experience for graduate and undergraduate students interested in archaeology. Field school is geared towards college students with some interest in North American Archaeology. The goal is to introduce college students to the techniques of archaeological site location, artifact identification, excavation, mapping, and material analysis in a fun but rigorous academic setting. Students will locate, excavate, document and interpret a major archaeological site in western New York while learning professional techniques and using the latest technology available including a laser transit and total station. This exciting six week experience includes hands-on instruction and active participation by all students and instructors. Students will take away the skills of site survey, mapping, excavation, soil sampling, artifact processing, artifact identification and analysis, and in the interpretation of a Native American archaeological site. Secondary goals of the course include discovering how people made and used stone tools and some of the earliest pottery in western New York. The team will reconstruct ancient artifacts and life ways while exploring what kinds of foods were collected and processed at the site, and try to answer how and why people came to live at certain locations. Participants will learn to present archaeological information through multimedia platforms including video and web-based applications. The experience is made more comprehensive through a series of guest lectures regarding the current state of western New York archaeology, and of archaeology around the world.

    Credits: 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Summer
  • APY 344LEC Animal Communication
    Lecture

    Surveys natural communication systems within the animal kingdom, including the structure, functions, development, and evolution of natural communication systems among both human and non-human animals.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • APY 345LEC Comparative Primate Anatomy
    Lecture

    Studies descriptive and functional primate anatomy, with relevance to the origin and adaptation of groups within the order of primates.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Corequisites: APY 346LAB
  • APY 346LAB Dissections in Comparative Primate Anatomy
    Laboratory

    Covers basic primate gross anatomy learned by dissecting and making comparative observations of various species of primates. There is a fee associated with this class.

    Credits: 2
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 347LEC Understanding Human Variation
    Lecture

    Modern humans are very unusual primates. We have low levels of genetic variation relative to other primates, yet are outwardly quite diverse in our external appearance. This diversity is structured geographically due to the fact that we live on almost every continent on earth. The history of population dispersals, migrations, gene flow, and natural selection have shaped our genetic and phenotypic variation. Here we will explore the empirical reality of modern human population genetic and phenotypic variation and set it in its evolutionary and historical context.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 348LEC Forensic Anthropological Osteology
    Lecture

    Covers fundamentals of human skeletal anatomy through lecture, demonstration, and laboratory work. Considers procedures and applications in contemporary and historical human biology and in archaeology, stressing both technical approach and theoretical application. This lecture and laboratory course demonstrates the fundamentals of human skeletal biology and anatomy. Stresses procedures and applications used in evaluating archaeological and contemporary human populations. Considers forensic applications.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 353LEC Old World Prehistory
    Lecture

    Studies the archaeology of Africa, Asia, and Europe, from the Paleolithic period through the appearance of the earliest civilizations.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 366LEC Peoples of Asia
    Lecture

    Provides students with an anthropological introduction to the early periods of Chinese and Indian civilizations through lectures, audiovisual materials, and discussion. Compares these cultures with the West in terms of religious ideas, archaeological materials, political forms, family systems, and basic values.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 367LEC Meso-American Archaeology
    Lecture

    Examines art, iconography, architectures, and archaeology of ancient Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize; also covers religious, political, and economic development from its beginning, around 2000 B.C.E., to its decapitation by the Spaniards in 1521.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 368LEC Theories in Archaeology
    Lecture

    Introduces archaeological theory and methods; including the proper design of archaeological research projects, data analysis, and interpretation of results.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 369LEC Peoples and Cultures of Sub-Saharan Africa
    Lecture

    Explores cultures of hunting, pastoral, and agricultural societies, including history, social structure, political and economic systems, religion, and aesthetics. Also considers the impact of colonialism, industrialization, urbanism, and political independence upon African societies and cultures.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 377LEC Magic, Sorcery & Witchcraft
    Lecture

    Understanding the nature of magic and the anthropology of sorcery and witchcraft beliefs around the world and throughout history offers insights into some fundamental aspects of human belief and behavior. The course will show that the ways of thinking which comprise what anthropology calls magic and the complex attributes of the imaginary evil witch, are not only absolutely universal, they are rooted in our evolutionary biology and hence are basic to the human condition.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 380SEM Myth, Ritual, Symbolism
    Seminar

    Explores the ethnography of symbolic form and process in myth and ritual. Also examines metaphor and the problem of meaning in the structuralist, dramatistic, hermeneutic, and semantic approaches of Claude Levi-Strauss, Victor Turner, Clifford Geertz, Edmund Leach, and others.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 382LEC Indians of South America
    Lecture

    Surveys the indigenous societies of cultures and South America, including both highland Andean and lowland Amazonian people. Provides a perspective on the prehistory, history, and contemporary situation of native South Americans, examining traditional anthropological topics as well as current political issues surrounding indigenous rights, integration into national societies, and environmental destruction.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 384SEM Book of Ancient Mayas
    Seminar

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 393LEC Anthropology of Religion
    Lecture

    Compares religious beliefs, rituals, and organization; also considers relationships of religion to other aspects of culture and society, and religion as a dynamic system.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 394LEC Shamans and Healers in South America
    Lecture

    This course will focus on the healing traditions of Native South American people as an important part of our contemporary experience. We will examine the images, forms, and meanings that are common to the healing experience of many Native South Americans: concepts of order, time, space, power, destruction, and renewal which allow us to group them together despite their geographical and sociopolitical diversity. We will also analyze some specific ethnographic examples of how they are manifested through funerary cannibalism, shamanism, sorcery, animal spirits and metaphors, the use of tobacco, narcotics and hallucinogens, and rituals for healing, fertility and collective well-being. Classes will consist of presentations, viewing films, and class discussions.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 401LEC Theory in Anthropology
    Lecture

    Reviews the growth of anthropology as a scientific discipline. Analyzes in detail major anthropological approaches and theories.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 402SEM Contemporary Europe
    Seminar

    In recent decades, Europe has become a major area of investigation for cultural anthropologists. In this seminar, we ask both what an anthropological perspective can contribute to our understanding of European peoples and also what a consideration of European peoples can contribute to anthropological theory and method. The course focuses on issues of identity, history, and power as these shape and are shaped by social forms and local practices.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 408SEM Ethnographic Field Methods
    Seminar

    Traditional and new methodological approaches to the diachronic and synchronic analysis of societies and cultures.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 409SEM Primate Social Behavior and Organization
    Seminar

    Examines systems of social organization among primates; also studies general principles of social behavior that may have relevance to humans.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 410SEM Special Topics
    Seminar

    Course content varies by instructor.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 411SEM Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
    Seminar

    Studies the four horsemen in all their guises. Examines their importance historically and at present. They have been and are religious icons, symbols of the major processes of warfare, disease, famine, and death, as well as cultural, literary, and artistic symbols throughout the generations. The course traces one of the horsemen through both time and space in the intellectual area of the students' choice.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 414SEM Museum Management
    Seminar

    Museum and collection management and research is motivated by two things: a love of objects, and a fascination with the ways in which they speak about the past and present. The care of artifacts cannot stop at identification, physical conservation and exhibition. Research about museum and collection objects must be seen as part of a larger task: an exploration of the social and cultural significance of objects in relation to each other and to the people who made, used, and kept them as well as who collected them. Conservation must include preservation of the information accompanying an object, information beyond provenance, or artifact type. Finally, curatorial research entails a critical awareness of our own culturally-bound responses to artifacts. This course prepares students for research in the museum environment, and for the challenge of developing meaning and value for those collections in the context of the Cravens Collection housed since March 2010 in the Anderson Gallery of the UB College of Arts and Sciences where the course will be held. Each class integrates presentations, group work and discussion, case studies, and independent research. In addition, the instructor will facilitate visits from guest lecturers. At the end of the course, the students will curate together their own public exhibition of objects from the Cravens Collection and will write up short narratives about the objects they have studied during the course. The narratives will then be included in an exhibition catalogue. N.B.: Please note that the course will take place in the Anderson Gallery of the UB College of Arts and Sciences (1 Martha Jackson Place).

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 420SEM Topics
    Seminar

    This is a topics course, and as such, represents a wide variety of potential offerings. Information about the current semester's topic(s) can be found here: http://anthropology.buffalo.edu/courses/undergraduate/

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 421SEM Topics
    Seminar

    This is a topics course, and as such, represents a wide variety of potential offerings. Information about the current semester's topic(s) can be found here: http://anthropology.buffalo.edu/courses/undergraduate/

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 427LEC Comparative Urbanism
    Lecture

    Considers the origin of the city, starting with Mesopotamia. Defines urban and civilization, examines the urban environment, and compares the archaeological city to the modern city.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall
  • APY 429LEC Anthropology of Architecture
    Lecture

    Examines the material culture of eastern North America from 1620 to the present. Focuses on the house and its contents as a means by which the settlers of the North American continent adapted to their environment. Uses a developmental perspective to organize the materials.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 432LEC Peoples of the Arctic and Subarctic
    Lecture

    Anthropological survey of arctic and subarctic populations, primarily focusing on Canada and Alaska, with some comparative coverage of Greenland, Siberia, and the Lapps of northern Europe. Develops multidisciplinary models using ethnographic, historical, and epidemiological sources to analyze traditional patterns and contemporary changes in northern communities. A variety of ecological and cultural systems have emerged in the North since the period of contact and settlement by Europeans, and the course encourages students to do comparative analyses of national, regional, and ethnic differences and similarities.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 434SEM Topics
    Seminar

    This is a topics course, and as such, represents a wide variety of potential offerings. Information about the current semester's topic(s) can be found here: http://anthropology.buffalo.edu/courses/undergraduate/

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 435SEM Archaeological Techniques
    Seminar

    Skills course emphasizing the use of photography and drawing, both in the field and in illustrating site reports. Intended primarily for students with an archaeological career orientation, the course deals with factors in the preparation of art manuscripts: draftsmanship, work on drawings, maps, and plans, including line work and photography. Also considers artifact drawing, and processes of printing and production.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 437LEC Celt Anglo-Saxon Viking
    Lecture

    This course explores these three late prehistoric and protohistoric cultures in Europe, and their impact on the course of European development. Topics of study will include political and economic organization, such as the rise of chiefdoms and states and their political economies, technology, trade and cultural contact, plus social structure and ideology, aesthetic expression, and religious beliefs. We will also examine current myths and stereotypes about these cultures, and their role in modern national and ethnic identity construction.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 439SEM Laboratory Techniques in Archaeology
    Seminar

    Involves individual instruction and guidance in the study of artifacts through lab projects.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 440LEC History of Archaeology
    Lecture

    Summarizes the history of archaeology, beginning with its classical and European antecedents. Examines the major trends of seventeenth- through twentieth-century archaeology. Explores major archaeologists and sites, emphasizing the New World. Relates history of archaeology to history of science.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 441SEM Anthropological Demography
    Seminar

    Examines the development and demographic characteristics of human populations in the prehistoric and ethnographic record.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 443SEM Advanced Physical Anthropology
    Seminar

    Topics vary. May be taken more than once for credit.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 444SEM Ethology Practicum
    Seminar

    Semester long, quantitatively based research project on the behavior of animals at the Buffalo Zoo. Goals include: becoming familiar with a range of techniques used to study animal behavior in the field and in captivity, learn to observe animal behavior in a scientific manner, an gain experience in all aspects of scientific research - generating an interesting question, researching what is already known about the topic and species, designing a protocol to answer the question, collecting data at the Zoo, analyzing the data, and reporting the results and conclusion both in an oral presentation and in a written scientific report.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
    Other Requisites: APY 246 or APY 344 or another course in animal behavior
  • APY 447LEC Mythology of the Americas
    Lecture

    Myths not only create imaginal worlds that offer alternatives to the life world, but also offer keys to the interpretation of the life world itself, revealing a mythic level of significance in everyday events. Myths also give shape and meaning to dreams and visions, and dreams and visions give rise to further myths. This course will try to catch those moments when the mythic world comes in contact with the world of experience. We will undertake a close reading of selected myths from the Americas, attempting to enter imaginal worlds and to look back at the life world from a distance. We will consider myths that come down to us from storytellers, speechmakers, singers, and dramatists.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 448SEM Human Genetics/Legal and Ethical Issues
    Seminar

    Recent advances in genetic technology have presented the scientific and lay community with ethical and legal problems, yet to be resolved. The objective of this course is to provide an opportunity for informed discussions of such issues relating to contemporary human/medical issues.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 449SEM Mayan Civilization: Past and Present
    Seminar

    Explores Mayan civilization from its earliest beginnings to the current situation. The seminar begins with the pre-classic roots of Mayan civilization, then moves through classic splendor, post-classic turbulence, the European invasion, and into the current period of rebellion and ethnic resurgence. Students select a particular geographically and linguistically distinctive Mayan population and trace the group historically through artifacts, written records, life histories, and ethnographies. Student activities include active class participation in discussions and preparation of an annotated bibliography on a key aspect of Mayan civilization.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 457LEC Evolutionary Biology of Humans
    Lecture

    Explores the application of evolutionary theory and method to modern human populations. Among the topics are heritability of biological and behavioral variables, developmental biology and natural selection, biological distance, biogeography and race, adaptive theory, adaptation to environmental change, and such emergent problems as crowding, hunger, epidemic disease, and global warming. Specific topics may vary depending on developments within the profession.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
    Prerequisites: one course with substantial evolutionary biology content
  • APY 474LEC Cities and Cultures
    Lecture

    This course takes a broad historical and geographical approach aimed at encompassing the ethnographic diversity that characterizes city life.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 476LEC Health Care in the United States
    Lecture

    Explores the culture and social organization of health-care systems in the United States, including mainstream allopathic medicine and nursing, as well as more 'alternative healing' modalities, such as faith healing, chiropractic, 'New Age' healing, and so forth. Gives students a specifically anthropological understanding of health care in American society. This anthropological perspective draws attention to the many diverse components of health care in the United States, from high-tech advanced medical science to faith healing.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 477SEM Culture and Disability
    Seminar

    This course is an introduction to disability studies. Researchers working within this sub-field search for understanding of societal and cross-cultural attitudes and policies regarding impairment, illness, and difference, especially those whose physical or behavioral differences have been stigmatized through negative social or medical labels. Among the topics to be considered are the meanings and perceptions of impairment in various cultures and how individuals and their families experience disability, severe injury, stigmatized illnesses, and severe trauma and come to develop new identities through these experiences. We will consider community support systems and government policies that positively or negatively affect traumatized and disabled individuals and their families.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Spring
  • APY 480SEM Collapse of Civilization
    Seminar

    Explores the causes of societal disintegration from an archaeological perspective. The ancient Mayan and pre-Aztec civilizations of Mexico, as well as that of ancient Shang China, are the focus for analyzing various factors that might lead to the destruction of complex social and political systems.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 490SEM Economic Anthropology
    Seminar

    Examines the production, distribution, exchange, and consumption systems of non-Western peoples; the integration of economic systems with other aspects of culture; and problems of underdeveloped areas.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 492LEC Political and Legal Anthropology
    Lecture

    This course examines politics and power in local, national, and transnational contexts. It considers both formal political institutions and everyday forms of power and influence. We trace the historical development of this field as well as its current focus on issues of identity, the nation-state, bureaucracy, citizenship, and questions of power, domination and resistance. Case studies examined range from small-scale nonwestern societies to the institutions of the European Union. Considers systems of government and control in the non-Western world, emphasizing tribal organization. Focuses upon law and warfare, the two most important political functions or tasks engaged in by a political community.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Varies
  • APY 494SEM Senior Seminar
    Seminar

    Topics vary. Seniors have registration priority.

    Credits: 3
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 495SEM Supervised Teaching
    Seminar

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
  • APY 496TUT Internship
    Tutorial

    Students wishing to complete an internship with a host agency may register for this course with the agreement of the agency supervisor and the faculty advisor.

    Credits: 1 - 6
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: permission of instructor
  • APY 499SEM Independent Study and Research
    Seminar

    Individually designed program of reading, research, or skills development in close association with an instructor.

    Credits: 1
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: permission of instructor
  • APY 499TUT Independent Study and Research
    Tutorial

    Individually designed program of reading, research, or skills development in close association with an instructor.

    Credits: 1 - 8
    Grading: Graded (GRD)
    Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
    Prerequisites: permission of instructor
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