As one of the largest undergraduate-only anthropology departments in the United States, we embrace a comparative and holistic approach to studying the human experience. Through the anthropological perspective, we delve into the origins and meaning of physical and cultural diversity in the world, spanning across the past, present, and future.
Our program in anthropology offers a unique opportunity to comprehend global affairs and address societal challenges within the broader context of the human experience. Cultural anthropologists within our department explore the practices, beliefs, and identities of individuals, both within and beyond the United States. Topics such as power, inequality, and social praxis are central to our investigations.
Archaeologists in our program specialize in unraveling the material culture of past societies, reconstructing their traditions and practices. By understanding the past, we gain valuable insights that aid our comprehension of the present. Biological anthropologists, on the other hand, focus on primate evolution, behavioral ecology, human biological variation, biocultural adaptations, bioarchaeology, and human paleontology. Together, we strive to unravel the diverse range of human societies, both past and present.
Why study anthropology? This question lies at the heart of our program. By choosing to study anthropology, you embark on a journey of exploration and understanding, equipping yourself with invaluable skills and knowledge. Through engaging coursework, immersive field experiences, and collaborative research opportunities, you'll develop a profound appreciation for the intricacies of human societies, past and present. Join us as we unravel the tapestry of human diversity and contribute to finding meaningful solutions to real-world problems.
News & Events
Dr. Timothy J. Smith completes one year fellowship at UNC Executive Leadership Institute
Dr. Timothy J. Smith is one of 24 University of North Carolina System employees who recently completed a one year fellowship at the University of Nort...
Spring Sustainability Film Series: THE SMELL OF MONEY
Spring Sustainability Film Series: THE SMELL OF MONEYPresented by the Office of Sustainability in collaboration with Anthropology and Sustainabl...
Lumbee tribal flag now hangs in App State’s student union, honoring the Lumbee people and their history
BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University recognized and honored the nearly 60,000 members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and their history ...
Talk: Troubling Colonial Time: Ethnographic Engagements with Shamanic, Tropical and Spirit Time in the Philippines
Dr. Christina Verano Sornito Carter to give guest lecture at Haverford College and Swarthmore College: Troubling Colonial Time: Ethnographic Enga...
Dr. Seth Grooms publishes article in prestigious archaeology journal
BOONE, N.C. — Dr. Seth Grooms, assistant professor in the Appalachian State Department of Anthropology, is the lead author of a new study ...
App State archaeology project partners with Junaluska to document Black history in Boone
App State archaeology project partners with Junaluska to document Black history in Boone...
James Rhoads ('03) helps with development initiatives in Haiti
James Rhoads (2003) has been working in Haiti since he graduated from Appalachian.
Dr. Alice P. Wright named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine
Dr. Alice P. Wright has been named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine. Dr. Wright is an anthropological archaeologist broadly interested in the dynamics of cross cultural encounters and the ways in which far-reaching interaction networks shape and are shaped by local social, political, economic, and ideological institutions.
Anthropology major, Callie Gunzenhauser, writes from Bulgaria
Anthropology major, Callie Gunzenhauser, recently reported back on her experience studying abroad at American University in Bulgaria. Working with the skills that she is learning in anthropology, she is one of many students who are fortunate enough to study abroad as a way of augmenting their college learning and experience. For more information on studying abroad or to learn more about the Department's two study abroad summer field schools in Ecuador and Mexico, please visit the main office at Anne Belk Hall, Room 348 or speak with your advisor.