We have one of the fastest growing departments with nearly 175 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. The Department has 12 full time tenure-track faculty (4 tenured full professors, 1 tenured associate professor, 7 untenured assistant professors) and 1 lecturer. Despite the small number of faculty, the Department ranks #4 in the College of Arts & Sciences for the amount of degrees produced and #4 for amount of majors relative to the number of tenure line faculty. 

We maintain rigorous standards in the classroom and many of our students continue on to 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. 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. Gregory Reck and Dr. Dinesh Paudel receive Board of Trustees grant for research on post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal
Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9:27am

Appalachian State University has awarded Dr. Gregory Reck of the Department of Anthropology and Dr. Dinesh Paudel of the Department of Sustainable Development with the Board of Trustees International Research Grant for their forthcoming work in Nepal.

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Dr. Julie Lesnik discusses research on human evolution and edible insects
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 7:22am
Julie Lesnik, assistant professor in anthropology at Wayne State University discussed the nutritional value of bugs and connection with human evolution in her talk on March 21.
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Ethnography Lab hosts viewing of new film
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:54pm

Appalachian State’s anthropology department’s ethnography lab premiered a rough cut of their new film, “At the Foot of the Beast,” on March 1. The ethnography lab presented the film and held an open discussion in order to premiere the lab’s first project and introduce the concept of an ethnography to the audience.

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Featured Stories

Dr. Timothy J. Smith and students highlighted in Appalachian magazine for Ecuadorian research
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 11:57am

This past summer, 16 students from Appalachian State University traveled to Ecuador to study indigenous activism and language in the Upper Amazon for three weeks. They came away with a greater appreciation of the impact of oil in the Amazon and its affect on the lives of the indigenous people.

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Alumni spotlights

Sarah Perry 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.

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Faculty spotlights

Dr. Cheryl Claassen, Professor of Anthropology

"[In the spring of 2010, I was] on leave [and had] several tasks to complete. One was to write a paper for publication on a ritual rock shelter in eastern Kentucky, a women's retreat/seclusion place for menstruation, birthing and initiation. I also [spent the semester studying] Aztec beliefs, and pilgrimages. Some of you who have had classes with me in the past 4 years may understand where all of this is coming from but others of you may be baffled."

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Anthropology Speaker Series
Anthropology Loucks Fund
Anthropology Weller Fund 
Anthropology Keefe Fund
Anthropology Foundation 

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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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