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. 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...
Anthropology major Mackenzie Morgan and her colleagues worked tirelessly to get AppState to negotiate with Alta Gracia to bring a new line of apparel ...
Mikayla Absher, an anthropology major, recently presented at the 8th Annual Cherokee Archaeology Symposium in Cherokee, hosted by the EBCI Tribal Hist...
Dr. Timothy J. Smith has been elected as the Co-Chair of the Council of Chairs at Appalachian State University. The Council of Chairs is composed...
The Department welcomes a new cohort of student research assistants. Click to learn more about them. https://anthro.appstate.edu/people/staff...
Dr. Rachel Horowitz (PhD Tulane University 2017) is joining the faculty this year as an adjunct instructor. Her areas of research include Lithic ...
Carefully digging, scraping and sifting. It's how archeologists seek clues into human history. Students at Appalachian State University learn these skills—and find cool artifacts—in a field archeology course each summer. In an Ashe County cow pasture this past summer, students led by Dr. Tom Whyte examined the earth for traces left behind by early Native Americans.
BOONE, N.C. — Anthropology majors Cala Castleberry ’17, of Tallahassee, Florida, and Hayley Wynn ’17, of Huntersville, aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty helping protect and preserve National Park Service (NPS) sites in the Southeast.
After working alongside faculty on multiple research projects as undergraduates, the two alumnae of Appalachian State University’s Anthropology (BS) – Archaeology degree program are conducting back-to-back NPS internships:
Dr. Tom Whyte has been named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine. His areas of research include southern Appalachian prehistoric archaeology, zooarchaeology, and experimental archaeology.
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.