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? ]


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...

Dr. Dana E. Powell awarded Cornell University SOH Fellowship

Dr. Dana E. Powell has been selected for a Cornell University Society for the Humanities (SOH) Fellowship for the 2019–20 academic year [r...

Dr. Christina Verano Sornito participates in performance event at Black Mountain College

Saturday, March 30, 20193 - 10 p.m.Camp Rockmount in Black Mountain, N.C.About this EventThe {Re}HAPPENING is a one-day event at the histori...

Dr. Dana Powell wins Chancellor's Innovation Scholars Grant

The Environmental Justice and Climate Action in North Carolina project addresses climate justice and the relationship between environmental ...

Dr. Cameron Gokee receives 2016-18 Best Book Award from SAfA

Dr. Cameron D. Gokee, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology has been awarded the 2016-18 Book Prize from the Committee of the Society of Afr...

NPR features story on alum Sarah Stacke's ('02) new book on the U.S. South

Sarah Stacke (anthropology alumna, '02) has released a new book, Photos Day or Night: The Archive of Hugh Mangum, that is featured in a rece...

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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.