We have one of the fastest growing departments with nearly 150 majors and the largest undergraduate-only anthropology program in North Carolina and the third largest program overall (behind UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University). We offer both B.S. and B.A. degrees in several fields of anthropology. Despite the small number of faculty (10 tenure-track faculty [3 full professors, 2 associate professors, 5 assistant professors], 1 visiting assistant professor and 1 senior lecturer), the Department ranks #4 in the College of Arts & Sciences for amount of degrees produced and #4 for amount of majors per tenure line faculty. 

We maintain rigorous standards in the classroom and many of our students continue on in graduate school, postgraduate internships, and land jobs upon graduation using ideas that were sparked at Appalachian State. Our teachers aspire to provide the highest quality of education that extends beyond the classroom into the field (both domestically and internationally) through our numerous research possibilities for students. Over the years, four of our faculty have been inducted into the College of Arts & Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers. In addition to excellence in teaching, we maintain one of the highest standards of research productivity in the College. Our faculty members have been awarded 5 of the scholar of the year awards (junior and senior levels) given by the College of Arts & Sciences in the past 19 years (half of our tenure-line faculty members teaching today have won the college scholar of the year award at either the junior or senior levels). FAST FACTS ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

The Department of Anthropology is committed to a comparative and holistic approach to the study of the human experience. The anthropological perspective provides a broad understanding of the origins as well as the meaning of physical and cultural diversity in the world - past, present, and future. As such, the program in anthropology offers the opportunity for understanding world affairs and problems within the total context of the human experience and for constructing solutions to world problems which are firmly grounded in that context. Cultural anthropologists study people and their cultural practices and beliefs both within and outside of the United States as well as the topics of identity, power, inequality, and social praxis. Archaeologists study the material culture of past peoples in order to reconstruct their cultures, traditions, and practices in order to understand both what came before and how this may help us understand the present. Biological anthropologists study primate evolution and behavioral ecology, human biological variation, biocultural adaptations, bioarchaeology, and human paleontology. Together, we strive to understand both past and present variation in human societies. [ Why study anthropology? ]


Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug publishes new book on South Asia
Friday, May 20, 2016 - 10:55am

Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug has published a new book, A Companion to South Asia in the Past, with co-editor Subhash Walimbe (Wiley-Blackwell 2016). This pathbreaking volume provides a thorough description of research on South Asia’s past, from the Pleistocene to the historic era in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka Bangladesh and Nepal. 

Three anthropology students win grants for international research
Friday, May 13, 2016 - 3:21pm

Three anthropology majors came up big in research grant competitions at Appalachian State this semester: Victoria Olender, Haley Hansen, and Catherine Herring

Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug gives talk at SUNY Binghampton for series on climate change
Friday, May 6, 2016 - 10:24am

On April 29, 2016, Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug gave a talk at the State University of New York, Binghamton as part of the Harper College Dean’s Speaker Series on the Anthropology of Climate Change.

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Alumni spotlights

Dr. David Kilby, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Eastern New Mexico University

Graduating from Appalachian with a B.A. in Anthropology in 1992, David attended Eastern New Mexico University where he completed a Master’s thesis on the geoarchaeology of Anasazi kivas in 1996. Meanwhile he cultivated an interest in Pleistocene archaeology and completed a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 2008, focusing on Paleoindian archaeology.

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Faculty spotlights

Dr. Timothy J. Smith, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has developed a special relationship during the past 17 years with the predominantly indigenous town of Sololá, Guatemala.

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Physical Location

The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.

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