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Department of Anthropology

(585) 395-2682

Acting Chairperson and Associate Professor: Charles R. Edwards, PhD, SUNY Buffalo; Professors: Margaret B. Blackman, PhD, Ohio State University; Jack R. Rollwagen, PhD, University of Oregon; Associate Professors: LouAnn Wurst, PhD, Binghamton University.

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While the Department of Anthropology does not have a graduate degree program, its graduate course offerings may be applied as requirements and/or electives in degree programs as determined through the advisement process.

Anthropology Courses

ANT 501 Native-American Art and Culture. Prerequisite: ANT 100 or ARH 201 or instructor's permission. Provides a survey of Native-American visual arts (north of Mexico) viewed within the context of Native-American cultures and through the framework of anthropology. Considers Native- American arts by culture area: their roots, traditional expressions, changes with European contact, and contemporary expressions. Relies heavily upon the use of audiovisual material. 3 Cr. Spring.

ANT 503 Biography and Life History (A). Prerequisite: ANT 100 or other cultural anthropology course or instructor's permission. Studies the expression of life stories, their collection and recording, and their presentation in written format. Includes the evolution of the life history in anthropology and oral history; genres of life history; gender and life stories; the life history as an expression of the self vs. the life history as a window on culture; and the limitations of life history research. 3 Cr. TBA.

ANT 505 Applied Anthropology. Prerequisite: ANT 100, 300 or 321. Examines applied anthropology as the subfield of anthropology that uses anthropological perspectives to analyze and provide solutions for societal problems in the U.S. and globally. Using case studies and hands-on projects, explores the theoretical, practical and ethical implications of applied anthropology. Primarily for students who will ultimately need to address a variety of applied problems in multicultural or nonwestern settings. 3 Cr.

ANT 541 Archaeological Analysis. Prerequisite: ANT 110 or 442, or instructor's permission. Involves analysis of artifacts recently excavated from an archaeological site in Western New York. Examines theoretical aspects of contemporary laboratory methods in archaeology. 3 Cr. Spring.

ANT 590 Topics in Anthropology. An advanced course addressing current topics, issues, controversies, etc. of anthropological significance. Specific topics vary from semester to semester and may address issues in physical anthropology, archaeology, cultural anthropology, or applied/ developmental anthropology. Descriptions of specific topics courses offered in any particular semester may be obtained through the department. May be taken more than once for credit if topics differ. 3 Cr.

ANT 599 Independent Study in Anthropology. Established in consultation between student and instructor. 1-6 Cr. Upon Special Arrangement.

ANT 699 Independent Study in Anthropology. Established in consultation between student and instructor. 1-6 Cr. Upon Special Arrangement.

ANT 642 Field Methods in Archaeology (A). Studies the principal methods and theories of contemporary archaeology. Involves survey and excavation of an archaeological site, expose and document prehistoric artifacts, and use of their distribution to interpret patterns in human behavior and cultural adaptation. 6 Cr. Summer Session.