With 18 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. 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 Powell's Spring 2018 Honors College course featured on USC/Shoah Foundation website

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

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...

Dr. Diane P. Mines wins Richard N. Henson Outstanding Advisor Award

Dr. Diane P. Mines was selected for the College of Arts and Sciences' Richard N. Henson Outstanding Advisor Award for 2018-2019. About the Depart...

Dr. Alice P. Wright publishes new book on the archaeology of Appalachia

Dr. Alice P. Wright has published a new book with the University of Alabama Press, Garden Creek: The Archaeology of Interaction in Middle Woodland App...

Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug is contributor to new article on archaeology and the anthropocene

Dr. Gwen Robbins Schug is a contributor and co-author of a new article on humans and the anthropocene published in Science. You may read the original ...

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  • Makenzie Cash, Biological Anthropology major

    Makenzie Cash is a third-year Biological Anthropology student and notably, a primatology enthusiast. However, she first came into interest with non-human primates by thinking about what it means to be a human. After encountering situations of interpersonal violence and sexual assault, Makenzie began to inquire about human experience and what defines it, primarily because of the dehumanizing effects that trauma can have. This lead to her first interest in anthropology to be forensic anthropology, so she began taking classes in Biological Anthropology.