With 11 full-time faculty members and 150 majors, we are one of the largest undergraduate-only anthropology departments 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? ]

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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

App State archaeology project partners with Junaluska to document Black history in Boone...

Appalachian State's Archaeological research team ventures into Linville Gorge Wilderness

Dr. Alice Wright and Dr. Cameron Gokee lead an Archaeological research team into Linville Gorge Wilderness to discover archaeological sites. ...

Inscribing the Criminial Skin

Talk: Inscribing the Criminal Skin: Underworld Aesthetics and the Flesh of Post-Liberal Futures in Honduras

Dr. Jon Carter to give guest lecture at Princeton University:  Jon Carter | Inscribing the Criminal Skin: Underworld Aesthetics and the Flesh of ...

Conference Talk: Ethnographic Evidence in the Americas

Dr. Jon Carter and Dr. Christina Sornito are presenting in the Annual Conference at the University of Florida, Center for Latin American Studies. ...

Talk: It climbs up inside of you, from the soles of the feet

Dr. Jon Carter to give guest lecture at University of Tennesee, Chattanooga and by zoom (registration link below)IT CLIMBS UP INSIDE OF YOU, FROM THE ...

Dr. Susan Keefe receives award from North Carolina Genealogical Society for Excellence

Dr. Susan Keefe receives award from North Carolina Genealogical Society for Excellence

Dr. Susan Keefe has received an award from the North Carolina Genealogical Society for Excellence for her book Junaluska: Oral Histories of a Bla...

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  • Dr. Gregory Reck leaves a legacy of inspired teaching

    After forty-six years, Dr. Gregory Reck is retiring from his job as a professor for Appalachian State’s Department of Anthropology.  He started his career at Appalachian in 1972. Dr. Reck came to Appalachian after teaching at the District of Columbia Teachers College and the University of Maryland. He helped form the Department of Anthropology and served as the first chair of the Department.

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  • Patrick James, Sociocultural Anthropology major

    As a senior studying Sociocultural Anthropology, Patrick James has realized over the course of his undergraduate studies that he wants his life’s work to be “meaningful.” For Patrick, studying anthropology has been a medium of growth and possibility, specifically through the questions anthropology makes possible to ask.

    “I kind of attached to this question of ‘what is meaningful?’ It is kind of the view of a lot of the work that I am interested in, [as well as] the theoretical areas that [this] question pushes me towards.”