We have one of the fastest growing departments with nearly 150 majors and the largest undergraduate-only anthropology program in North Carolina and the third largest program overall (behind UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University). We offer both B.S. and B.A. degrees in several fields of anthropology. The Department has 11 full time tenure-track faculty (3 tenured full professors, 2 tenured associate professors, 6 untenured assistant professors) and 2 lecturers. Despite the small number of faculty, the Department ranks #4 in the College of Arts & Sciences for the amount of degrees produced and #4 for amount of majors relative to the number of tenure line faculty. 

We maintain rigorous standards in the classroom and many of our students continue on to graduate school, postgraduate internships, and land jobs upon graduation using ideas that were sparked at Appalachian State. Our teachers aspire to provide the highest quality of education that extends beyond the classroom into the field (both domestically and internationally) through our numerous research possibilities for students. Over the years, four of our faculty have been inducted into the College of Arts & Sciences Academy of Outstanding Teachers. In addition to excellence in teaching, we maintain one of the highest standards of research productivity in the College. Our faculty members have been awarded 5 of the scholar of the year awards (junior and senior levels) given by the College of Arts & Sciences in the past 19 years. FAST FACTS ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT

DEPARTMENT MISSION
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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Anthropology alumna Caroline Federal wins best dissertation prize at London School of Economics
Saturday, January 14, 2017 - 3:03pm

Anthropology alumna Caroline Federal (2012) has been awarded the prize for "Best Dissertation" for the Masters of Science in Comparative Politics program at the London School of Economics for her thesis, "Mind the Gap: Gender in National Elections in Varieties of Capitalism."

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Dr. Gregory Reck quoted in German newspaper story on football in the U.S.A.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 2:37pm

In the wake of the success of his latest book, American Soccer: History, Culture, Class (co-authored with Dr. Bruce Dick), Dr. Gregory Reck is quoted in German newspaper article on his views about U.S. soccer. 

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Dr. Alice P. Wright recognized as top young scholar and leader of interdisciplinary research team
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 1:11pm

Dr. Alice P. Wright was presented the C.B. Moore Award for “Excellence in Southeastern Archaeology or associated studies by a younger scholar” at the October 2016 Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Archaeological Conference.

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Dr. Timothy J. Smith and students highlighted in Appalachian magazine for Ecuadorian research
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 10:57am

This past summer, 16 students from Appalachian State University traveled to Ecuador to study indigenous activism and language in the Upper Amazon for three weeks. They came away with a greater appreciation of the impact of oil in the Amazon and its affect on the lives of the indigenous people.

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Alumni spotlights

Andrew Sinclair, U.S. Agency for International Development

Andrew Sinclair (B.A. '05) spent two years with the Peace Corps in the Jordan Valley and earned his Masters of International Affairs at Columbia University. He is now working for the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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Faculty spotlights

Dr. Thomas R. Whyte, Professor of Anthropology

Tom Whyte’s recent research includes southern Appalachian prehistoric archaeology (click here for his article discussing Cherokee origins), zooarchaeology, and experimental archaeology. He is currently editing a volume on southern Appalachian archaeology that is an outgrowth of a conference held at ASU in October 2009. He and colleague Larry Kimball have been presenting papers and publishing on their collaborative research at the Middle Woodland period Biltmore Mound site in Asheville, North Carolina.

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