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

DEPARTMENT MISSION
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? ]

News

Dr. Dana E. Powell gives talk at Vanderbilt University for the Eos Project
Monday, April 25, 2016 - 11:22am

On April 22, 2016, Dr. Dana E. Powell gave a talk at Vanderbilt University, sponsored by the Human and Organizational Development Department and the Eos Project. 

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Dr. Timothy J. Smith elected to the UNC Press Board of Governors
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 2:04pm

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has been elected by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors to serve on the 19-member UNC Press Board of Governors. The UNC Press is the publishing arm of the UNC system.

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Dr. Christina Verano Sornito interviewed on AppTV
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 11:38am

Watch Dr. Christina Verano Sornito discuss her research and work on the AppTV program, "Religion and Life" (Episode 6)

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Alumni spotlights

Dr. Melissa Shrift, Associate Professor of Anthropology, East Tennessee State University

After graduating from Appalachian with a B.A. in anthropology, she pursued graduate work in cultural anthropology at the University of Hawaii-Manoa. She returned to China to conduct her doctoral research on Chairman Mao icons and Chinese popular culture.

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Faculty spotlights

Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Gwen Robbins Schug is a bioarchaeologist interested in paleopathology, paleodemography, long bone ontogeny, bone histology, and South Asian prehistory.

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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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