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Fast Facts about the Department

We have one of the fastest growing departments with nearly 175 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 12 full-time tenure-track faculty (4 tenured full professors, 1 tenured associate professor, 7 untenured assistant professors) and 2 full-time lecturers.

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.

Anthropology has been taught at Appalachian State University since 1970. First part of a combined Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Department of Anthropology was established in 1978. We have nearly 200 majors and offer B.A. and B.S. degrees in several concentrations including sociocultural anthropology, archaeology, biological anthropology, and social practice and sustainability. In 1993 a special program, the ASU Laboratories of Archaeological Science, was begun.

For more information about our strategic vision for the future and growth of our department, please download the Strategic Plan below.

Strategic Plan for 2009 (Word, 36 KB)