We have one of the fastest growing departments with nearly 200 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. 


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. Alice P. Wright is awarded Franklin Grant from the American Philosophical Society
Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 5:01pm

Dr. Alice P. Wright received a $6000 Franklin Grant from the American Philosophical Society to support the Pinson Environment and Archaeology Regional Landscapes Project (PEARL)

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.

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.

Syndicate content

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."

Syndicate content

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.

Syndicate content