Welcome to the Department of Anthropology at Appalachian State University. We are the biggest undergraduate-only anthropology program in North Carolina, offering undergraduate degrees in several sub-fields of anthropology, including Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, General Anthropology (soon to be restructured as Cultural Anthropology), Applied Anthropology, and Sustainable Development.
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. 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, genetics, biological variation and behavioral ecology. This sub-field also includes research on biocultural adaptations, bioarchaeology, and human paleontology. Together, we strive to understand both past and present variation in human societies. [ Welcome from the Chair ] [ Why study anthropology? ]