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? ]
Amanda Lago has been selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology.These scholarships are awarded to anthropology majors who ...
Kennedy Kavanaugh has been selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. These scholarships are awarded to anthropology...
Mason Rogers has been selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. These scholarships are awarded to anthropology majo...
Abigail Rubio selected as the co-winner of the 2018 Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award
Abigail Rubio has been selected as the co-winner of the 2018 Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award Each year the Department of Anthrop...
Evangeline Giaconia selected as the co-winner of the 2018 Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award
Evangeline Giaconia has been selected as the co-winner of the 2018 Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award.Each year the Department of Anthro...
Autumn Melby selected for the 2018 Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior in Anthropology
Autumn Melby has been selected for the 2018 Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Award for Outstanding Senior in Anthropology. Every year the department facult...
Sarah Perry ('14) is executive producer and researcher for a new documentary about Colombian peace process
In 2015, alumna Sarah Perry (2014) moved to Colombia to work with Heart for Change, Volunteers Colombia, and the Colombian Ministry of Education. She now is the executive producer and researcher for a documentary about historical memory and the Colombian peace process.
Abigail Rubio is a senior with a concentration in Sociocultural Anthropology. She is from a small town, called Smithfield, near Raleigh, North Carolina. Abigail's journey at Appalachian State essentially started on a whim. She had applied to the school but hadn't really considered it as a serious contender. However, her friend decided to tour the campus and invited Abigail to join her. After one campus tour, Abigail fell in love with the school. Within one year of attending the school, Appalachian State felt like home.