Careers in Anthropology


The anthropology curriculum prepares the student for a wide range of careers in human service fields, for example, in health fields, public administration, environmental services, counseling, government, planning, contract archaeology, education, museums, community development, legal services, work with immigrants, international agencies, forensics, and international business. In addition, students may seek graduate work for preparation as professional anthropologists specializing in archeology, linguistics, social/cultural and physical anthropology. Here is an example of the types of jobs that our students have landed after graduation: [to see more jobs that our students have landed after graduation, please click here]

Examples of what our anthropology graduates have done after leaving Appalachian State University

  • Associate Professor of Art History and American Indian Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Associate Director of Family Support Services at Carolina Youth Development Center
  • Assistant Director of International Programming at Southeast Missouri State University
  • Executive Director of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign
  • Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for North Carolina
  • Logistics Specialist for the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, NY
  • Assistant Professor at Eastern New Mexico University
  • Director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University
  • Staff Archaeologist for Statistical Research, Inc.
  • Archaeological Field Technician at Gibbs Environmental Research Consulting
  • Assistant Language Teacher at Takinishi High School in Japan
  • Instructor of Archaeology at Duke University TIP
  • Associate Professor at Eastern Tennessee State University
  • Assistant Teacher and After School Leader at Pathways Montessori School of Boone
  • Professional Photographer
  • Archaeologist at Rheinishes Landesmuseum Trier, Germany
  • Citizen Scientist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
  • Public Relations Director for the Historic Society of Wilmington, NC
  • Field Crew Supervisor for Archaeology at R.C. Goodwin & Associates in New Orleans, LA
  • Documentarian with Non-Profit Organization for underprivileged women in Darjeeling and Calcutta, India
  • Community Health Research Coordinator for Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles/University of Southern California
  • Rural Health Instructor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • U.S. Agency for International Development in Afghanistan
  • Landscape Historian and Guide at the Tuckahoe Plantation in Virginia
  • Market Research Analyst with U.S. Pharmacopeia
  • Consultant for the World Bank
  • Conservator for the Queen Anne’s Revenge Shipwreck Project, N.C. Office of State Archaeology
  • GIS and Mapping Consultant for USAID and the World Food Program of the United Nations
  • Principal of Newton-Conover High School
  • Director of the Phillips Leadership Institute at Catawba Valley Community College

Please consider donating to the Department by selecting "Other" and designating your gift for one of the following funds:

Anthropology Speaker Series
Anthropology Loucks Fund
Anthropology Weller Fund 
Anthropology Keefe Fund
Anthropology Foundation 

Your gift is appreciated and allows us to achieve even greater success with our amazing students! 

Physical Location

The Department of Anthropology is located in Anne Belk Hall. The administrative office is located in Room 342 and all of the faculty offices, classrooms, and labs are located on the 3rd floor.

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