Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Anthropology is to advance, increase, and disseminate the knowledge and practice of anthropology through instruction, research, and writing. In keeping with the goals of Appalachian State University, we are committed to excellence in our undergraduate program (to our majors, as well as numerous non-majors who take our courses as part of a well-rounded liberal arts college education). To achieve these goals, we offer students of all disciplines the opportunity to strengthen and broaden their knowledge of humankind and of themselves. For those who may pursue a graduate degree in anthropology, we offer a rigorous preparation in content, theory, and methods. Finally, we acknowledge the academic and practical nature of a degree in anthropology which can prepare students who choose a wide range of professional careers, such as social services, public health and medicine, education, public service, and archaeology.