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? ]
Dr. Timothy J. Smith has published an American Anthropological Association (AAA) endorsed letter concerning the recent Department of Justice changes r...
BOONE, N.C. — Anthropology majors Cala Castleberry ’17, of Tallahassee, Florida, and Hayley Wynn ’17, of Huntersville, aren’t afraid to get th...
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 has been selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology.These scholarships are awarded to anthropology majors who ...
Kennedy Kavanaugh has been selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. These scholarships are awarded to anthropology...
Mason Rogers has been selected for a Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship in Anthropology. These scholarships are awarded to anthropology majo...
BOONE, N.C. — Anthropology majors Cala Castleberry ’17, of Tallahassee, Florida, and Hayley Wynn ’17, of Huntersville, aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty helping protect and preserve National Park Service (NPS) sites in the Southeast.
After working alongside faculty on multiple research projects as undergraduates, the two alumnae of Appalachian State University’s Anthropology (BS) – Archaeology degree program are conducting back-to-back NPS internships:
Andrew Sinclair ('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.
Dr. Dana Powell has been named a "Faculty Member of Distinction" in Appalachian Magazine. Her research covers the cultural politics of energy development, political ecology, and critical Native/Indigenous studies.
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.