With 13 tenure-track faculty members and nearly 200 majors, we are the largest undergraduate-only anthropology department in the United States. 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. Dana Powell wins Chancellor's Innovation Scholars Grant

The Environmental Justice and Climate Action in North Carolina project addresses climate justice and the relationship between environmental ...

Dr. Cameron Gokee receives 2016-18 Best Book Award from SAfA

Dr. Cameron D. Gokee, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology has been awarded the 2016-18 Book Prize from the Committee of the Society of Afr...

NPR features story on alum Sarah Stacke's ('02) new book on the U.S. South

Sarah Stacke (anthropology alumna, '02) has released a new book, Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum, that is featured in a rece...

Dr. Jon Carter provides analysis on the Honduran caravan

Dr. Jon Carter provides analysis on the Honduran caravan in new interview with La Voce di New York."The June 2009 coup against president Manuel Zelaya...

Anthropology Faculty honored at College of Arts & Sciences Awards Ceremony

On October 24, 2018, Dr. Alice P. Wright was announced as the winner of the William C. Strickland Outstanding Junior Faculty of the Year Award for the...

Dr. Tom Whyte receives teaching award at Fall Faculty and Staff Meeting

Dr. Thomas Whyte received a UNC Board of Governors Campus Excellence in Teaching Award at the Fall Faculty and Staff Meeting on Sept. 7. He is the fir...

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  • Autumn Melby ('18), Archaeology

    Autumn Melby, a graduate of 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 from Broadway, North Carolina. She majored in anthropology with a multidisciplinary concentration and a focus in archaeology.

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