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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Evie Giaconia

Evie Giaconia, multidisciplinary anthropology major

Evie Giaconia, a senior anthropology major, gave us the opportunity to get to know more about herself and Appalachian State’s Anthropology Departmen...

Autumn Melby, archaeology major

Autumn Melby, a senior in the Anthropology Department, took the time to share her personal experience within the field of anthropology and some of her...

Kelsey Rothenberg ('15), Physician Assistant student

I graduated from Appalachian State University with my anthropology degree in May 2015. As I entered my first undergraduate year, I knew my ultimate ca...

Timothy Shober ('15), Master of Public Administration student

Since graduating from Appalachian State University with a degree in anthropology in 2015, I have applied the skills that I learned as a student to a n...

Anna Rawls selected as a CAS Corps student ambassador

Anthropology major Anna Rawls has been selected as a student ambassador for CAS Corps. The CAS Corps is a group of student ambassadors chosen to ...

Anthropology majors help tell story of Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards

Hannah Gillespie (with contributions from her research partners Azariah Conerly, Ricki Draper, and Christian Huerta) has published a piece in Appalach...

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Alumni spotlights

  • Joe Candillo

    Joe Candillo, Founder and Owner of Authentic Native American Arts, LLC

    Joe Candillo (1998) is founder and owner of Authentic Native American Arts, LLC through which he creates and sells traditional works of hand-made Native American art that qualifies as authentic under the Indian Arts and Crafts Law (Joe is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe).

Faculty spotlights

Student spotlights

  • Autumn Melby, archaeology major

    Autumn Melby, a senior in the Anthropology Department, took the time to share her personal experience within the field of anthropology and some of her thoughts about Appalachian State’s Anthropology Department. Autumn is twenty-two years old and from Broadway, North Carolina. She is majoring in anthropology with a multidisciplinary concentration and a focus in archeology.