With 17 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. Alice P. Wright's new book reviewed in The Columbus Dispatch

Dr. Alice P. Wright's new book reviewed in The Columbus Dispatch...

Anthropology alumnus, Dr. Christopher Moore ('97), has published a new article in the journal Nature

Dr. Christopher Moore ('97) has published a new paper on the Younger Dryas climate event that took place 12,800 years ago. The paper can be found...

Dr. Dana E. Powell receives project development grant from the ACLS

Dr. Dana E. Powell has received a $5,000 Project Development Grant from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). Applicants from teachin...

Dr. Christina Verano Sornito named Fulbright Scholar for 2020

Dr. Christina Verano Sornito, assistant professor in Appalachian State University’s Department of Anthropology, has been awarded a 2019–20 re...

Dr. Dana E. Powell's Spring 2018 Honors College course featured on USC/Shoah Foundation website

Dr. Dana E. Powell's Spring 2018 Honors College course, "Native American/Indigenous Studies," has been featured on the USC/Shoah Foundation's website ...

Dr. Thomas R. Whyte featured in Appalachian Today for toad research

Dr. Tom Whyte likes to dig in the dirt — and solve old mysteries while he’s at it. As a professor in Appalachian’s Department of Anthropolo...

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  • 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.