We are one of the fastest growing departments with nearly 200 majors. As the largest undergraduate-only anthropology program in the state of North Carolina and the third largest program overall (behind UNC and Duke University), we offer both B.S. and B.A. degrees in several fields of anthropology. Despite the small number of faculty (10 full time tenure-track faculty [4 full professors, 2 associate professors, 4 assistant professors] 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 relative to the number of tenure line faculty. 

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? ]

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Anthropology alumni remain competitive for graduate school acceptances
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 12:16pm

Anthropology alumni from Appalachian State Continue continue to remain competitive and gain entrance into graduate programs across the world.

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Anthropology major Ali Newsome to present paper at 18th Annual Undergraduate Research Day
Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 11:57am

Anthropology majors continue to find success in researching topics typically covered by health sciences. Ali Newsome helps break the mold.

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Anthropology major, Autumn Melby, receives prestigious scholarship
Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 2:57pm

Freshman anthropology (archaeology) major Autumn Melby receives Rachel Harris Larson Henry and John Watson Henry Scholarship from the College of Arts and Sciences. 

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Alumni spotlights

Lindsay Wetmore-Arkader

"Upon completing my undergraduate degree in Anthropology at Appalachian I worked as clinical support for Planned Parenthood of Greater NC before taking my first academic position at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in rural health."

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Faculty spotlights

Dr. Cheryl Claassen, Professor of Anthropology

"[In the spring of 2010, I was] on leave [and had] several tasks to complete. One was to write a paper for publication on a ritual rock shelter in eastern Kentucky, a women's retreat/seclusion place for menstruation, birthing and initiation. I also [spent the semester studying] Aztec beliefs, and pilgrimages. Some of you who have had classes with me in the past 4 years may understand where all of this is coming from but others of you may be baffled."

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