General Description / Special Programs

As a four-field Anthropology program with strong faculty representation in archeological, biological, cultural, and linguistic anthropology, we have theoretical and regional concentrations in applied, medical, and historical anthropology, as well as indigenous Mesoamerica and Northeastern North America. Archaeological, ethnographic, and linguistics field schools are offered in New York State, Newfoundland, and Mesoamerica. The department partners with the NY State Museum and the NY Dept, of Health. It also coordinates teaching and research collaborations with other departments including: Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Biological Sciences, Linguistics and Cognitive Science, and Public Health.

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Degrees
Degrees Offered Anthropology PhD, MA, BA; Linguistics BA; Human Biology BS
Highest Degree Offered PhD
BA/BS Field Areas
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
BA/BS Requirements
Please see www.albany.edu for degree requirements.
MA/MS Field Areas
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Experience Offered
Conferences
Fellowships/Grants
Field Work
Internship
MA/MS
MA/MS Specializations Please see www.albany.edu for degree requirements.
PhD Field Areas
Anthropology
Archaeology
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Linguistic Anthropology
Phd
Phd Requirements Please see www.albany.edu for degree requirements.
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 0
Internship Required 0
Support Opportunities

 

Departmental assistantships; tuition scholarships; and funding for graduate student fieldwork and research are available from the University, the NY State Museum and the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies.

 

Program Details
Research Facilities

 

Laboratory facilities and research and teaching collections are available in archaeology and biological anthropology. There is an archaeometry laboratory and programs with the Physics Department. There are computer user rooms in the Department and in the University Libraries.

 

Library Resources The University Library provides strong support for the instructional and research needs of the department. The monograph collection exceeds 2 million volumes, of which over 80,000 are related to anthropology. The Library subscribes to approximately 270 full text and bibliographic databases, including e-HRAF, and provides access to about 30,000 journals, newspapers and other types of serials in print and/or electronic formats. Several important special collections relevant to anthropology are maintained, including a large collection of facsimile Mesoamerican codices, one of the most complete collections of American historical children's literature pertinent to analyses of social history, and the library of anthropologist Morris Opler. The Library is a partial depository for federal and NYS government documents. An active interlibrary loan network and proximity to the resources of the State Library of New York further complement the University's collections.
Publications

 

Northeast Anthropology; https://www.albany.edu/northeast_anthropology/;  Institute of Mesoamerican Studies - book series and occasional publications; https://www.albany.edu/ims/publications.html

 

Misc Information The University at Albany has an active Institute for Mesoamerican Studies (IMS). The Institute is a non-profit educational research institute dedicated to the study and dissemination of knowledge concerning the peoples and cultures of Mesoamerica (Mexico and northern Central America). Verónica Pérez-Rodríguez is the current director of the IMS. Their email address: www.albany.edu/ims. Lawrence Schell is the director of The Center for the Elimination of Minority Health Disparties. The mission of the Center is to contribute to the elimination of minority health disparities by bringing faculty research expertise to bear on the problem through partnerships with communities, health care providers, county departments of health, and the NYS Department of Health. Email: www.albany.edu/cemhd.
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Info
Founded1969
Contacts
  • Walter Little
    Primary Contact
    Professor of Cultural Anthropology
    US(+1) 5184424718
Affiliations
Our faculty in all four subdisciplines enjoy a high profile in scholarship and leadership in national academic activities, such as membership on the editorial boards of journals and governing bodies of professional associations. Extensive research and teaching links with the NYS Museum, Albany Medical Center and the University's School of Public Health, provide many opportunities for our students in the areas of applied biological anthropology, museology and historical archaeology. See also NEW YORK STATE MUSEUM
Online Courses
Online Courses: 1
Online Course Info:

 

A variety of Anthropology courses are offered online from introductory courses to advanced classes that are taught by faculty and advanced graduate students. A limited number of lower and upper-level courses are offered during the winter and summer inter-sessions. 

 

Application Deadlines
www.albany.edu/admissions/; www.albany.edu/graduate/
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: The Anthropology Undergraduate Association at UAlbany is an active group of students who promote the study of anthropology across campus and in the community in a variety of ways. Each year they organize and sponsor events that center on the importance of learning about cultural diversity in all four subfields of anthropology, including panel discussions, film screenings, concerts, hosting a variety of speakers, and other celebrations of culture. UAlbany also has a chapter of Lambda Alpha. Lambda Alpha is the nationally recognized honor society for Anthropology students, including students who pursue studies in Archaeology, Human Biology and Linguistics. The society’s (https://laanthro.org ) main goal is to “to encourage and promote professional and academic relationships in all fields of Anthropology while encouraging an active and open learning environment.”
Anthropology Club Advisor: Christopher Wolff
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1