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? ]

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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...

Amanda Lago selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology

Amanda Lago has been selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology.These scholarships are awarded to anthropology majors who ...

Kennedy Kavanaugh selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology

Kennedy Kavanaugh has been selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. These scholarships are awarded to anthropology...

Mason Rogers selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology

Mason Rogers has been selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. These scholarships are awarded to anthropology majo...

Abigail Rubio selected as the co-winner of the 2018 Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award

Abigail Rubio has been selected as the co-winner of the 2018 Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award Each year the Department of Anthrop...

Evangeline Giaconia selected as the co-winner of the 2018 Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award

Evangeline Giaconia has been selected as the co-winner of the 2018 Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award.Each year the Department of Anthro...

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Faculty spotlights

  • Dr. Claassen in the field

    Dr. Cheryl Claassen, Professor of Anthropology

    "[In the spring of 2010, I was] on leave [and had] several tasks to complete. One was to write a paper for publication on a ritual rock shelter in eastern Kentucky, a women's retreat/seclusion place for menstruation, birthing and initiation. I also [spent the semester studying] Aztec beliefs, and pilgrimages. Some of you who have had classes with me in the past 4 years may understand where all of this is coming from but others of you may be baffled."

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  • Evie Giaconia

    Evie Giaconia, multidisciplinary anthropology major

    Evie Giaconia, a senior anthropology major, gave us the opportunity to get to know more about herself and Appalachian State’s Anthropology Department. Evie is twenty-two years old and is from Nashville, Tennessee. She is currently majoring in anthropology with a concentration in multidisciplinary studies and a focus in religious studies.