Study exactly what you need to succeed in your anthropology-based career. Appalachian State University’s Anthropology (BS) degree allows you to design a multidisciplinary curriculum based on your own career goals combined with training in anthropology.
Anthropologists study everything humans do and create – be it social organization, medicine and healing systems, economics, science, technology, literature and film, philosophy, indigenous knowledge systems and more. Anthropologists aim to better understand what it means to be human.
In this self-designed program, you will study with Department of Anthropology faculty who are active within their academic fields and often publish research and present papers with students. Students who choose this degree design their own 30-hour concentration including courses from other departments. This allows students to take advantage of curriculum from other departments at Appalachian to pursue their deepest interests.
Examples of concentrations: Museum Studies, Anthropology and Women’s Health, Area Studies (e.g., Africa, South Asia, etc.), Documentary Photography/Film through Anthropology, Youth Studies, Ancient World Archaeology, Applications of GIS in Archaeology, Alternative Healing Systems, Anthropology of Dance, among many others.
Core courses are Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology and Biological Anthropology. Students must also take at least 3 hours of methods courses, 6 hours of theory with at least one writing course, 9 hours of anthropology electives, and a senior capstone.
To fulfill the multidisciplinary aspect of this degree, students must also take 30 hours of a career-oriented multidisciplinary concentration.
A minor is not required for this degree.
Engagement Outside the Classroom
Appalachian State University Anthropology Club – ASUAC works to cultivate and advance interest in anthropological ideas, research, and the understanding of cross-cultural and multidisciplinary relationships.
Appalachian is committed to introducing students to different cultures and teaching them how to live and interact in a global society.
The Department of Anthropology regularly offers field schools in Ecuador, Costa Rica and Wales, as well as areas of North America.
There are no admission requirements beyond admission to Appalachian State University.
- This degree allows you to design a curriculum based on your own interests and combine it with strong training in anthropology.
- Department of Anthropology students are known for their ability to analyze complex cultural and social situations, and find employment in many fields, including marketing, research and development, community and international development, law, and more.
- The department houses state-of-the-art lab equipment, including a 3D scanner, metallurgical and stereo microscopes, and film and audio equipment for student projects.
- The department houses large vertebrate and human osteological comparative collection as well as archaeological research collections from excavations of prehistoric and historic sites in western North Carolina and adjacent regions.
- Students are often given research or teaching assistantships, which gives them an opportunity to gain publication and practical experience with faculty members.
- Faculty members have received prestigious fellowships from the Fulbright Program, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Princeton University, and others to pursue their research.
- The department offers scholarships and awards.
Number of Students
30, with more than 150 majors in the Department of Anthropology
Method of Delivery
On campus only
- Collections Manager
- College Professor
- Museum Curator/Technician
- Social Science Analyst
- Bureau of Indian Affairs Researcher
- Community Development Officer
- Cultural Artifact Specialist
Dr. Timothy J. Smith