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Bachelor of Arts

Anthropology

Program of Study

The BA in Anthropology program features four subfields covering archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistics. The electives that are offered will help you to focus your passions within a subfield in areas like ancient languages, symbology, physiology, religion, and native cultures. A faculty advisor will guide you to tailor your curriculum to your career goals.

A minimum of 36 credits in anthropology are required, including:

  • Archaeology
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Introduction to Human Evolution
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Senior Seminar in Anthropology
  • Of the 21 additional credits in anthropology, no more than 6 may be at the 100 level and at least 12 must be at the 300 level or above.

 

See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, send an email to anthro@albany.edu or call 518-442-4700.

Applied Learning

You can earn credits toward your degree through internships on archaeological excavation projects and at the New York State Museum. You can also undertake an independent research project by investigating a topic of personal interest or in connection with a faculty member’s research program.


Honors Program

Outstanding anthropology students are encouraged to consider the department’s honors program, which gives you the opportunity to work closely with members of the faculty on research and writing projects.

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Career Outcomes

With a bachelor’s degree in anthropology you will gain a broad perspective on human diversity and an understanding of cultural and social phenomena that will help prepare you for careers in both the public and private sector. Possible job positions include:

  • Museum Curator
  • Archaeologist
  • Attorney
  • Health Policy Consultant
  • Social Worker
  • Policy Analyst
  • Educational Program Director
  • Charity Officer
  • Human Behavior Analyst
  • User Experience (UX) Analyst
  • International Marketing Strategist
  • Historic Preservation Officer

 

 

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Acquire Increased awareness and understanding of human biological, linguistic and cultural diversity.
  • Understand principles, assumptions, terminology of human evolutionary studies, human fossil record, primate anatomy/ behavior, evolutionary forces/ bio. bases of human behaviors, scientific method applied to human past.
  • Understand principles, assumptions, terminology used in major sub-areas of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, acquisition and socio-linguistics.
  • Acquire ability to perform written anthropological analysis of a particular topic.
  • Understand basic assumptions, principles, terminology, and methods of cultural anthropology, (culture, holism, ethnographic fieldwork, comparative method in ethnology).
  • Understand methods and approaches of archaeological study of past societies, and data for outlines of world prehistory.
  • Gain an understanding of what is a four-field approach to anthropology.

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Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Documentary Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electronics
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • Financial Market Regulation
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History
  • Informatics
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies
  • Music
  • Musical Theatre
  • Neuroscience
  • Organizational Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies