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? ]


TImothy Smith

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has been appointed to ACLS national selection committee

Dr. Timothy J. Smith has been appointed to the national selection committee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies D...

Dana Powell

Dr. Dana Powell named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine

Dr. Dana Powell has been named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine. Her research covers the cultural politics of energy developm...

Tom Whyte

Dr. Tom Whyte named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine

Dr. Tom Whyte has been named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine. His areas of research include southern Appalachian p...

workers harvesting rice in Nepal

Dr. Gregory Reck and Dr. Dinesh Paudel receive Board of Trustees and URC grants for research on post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal

BOONE, N.C.- Appalachian State University has awarded Dr. Gregory Reck of the Department of Anthropology and Dr. Dinesh Paudel of the Department of Su...

Julie Lesnik with a basket of bugs

Dr. Julie Lesnik discusses research on human evolution and edible insects

Julie Lesnik, assistant professor in anthropology at Wayne State University discussed the nutritional value of bugs and connection with huma...

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Ethnography Lab hosts viewing of new film

Appalachian State’s anthropology department’s ethnography lab premiered a rough cut of their new film, “At the Foot of the Beast,” on Mar...

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