Work toward a better future by learning how to work with communities and increase their sustainable living with Appalachian State University’s Anthropology (BA) - Social Practice and Sustainability degree. The Department of Anthropology has a longstanding commitment of working directly with local and global communities to build sustainable livelihoods, and faculty members regularly return to international communities to conduct research.
This concentration has a rigorous internship component. The department has relationships with a variety of internship sites and can help you select the right fit for your interests.
Classes in the Department of Anthropology are small, so you will receive individualized attention and mentorship. You will study with faculty members whose research has been supported by fellowships from the Fulbright Program, National Science Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, Princeton University and other groups, and who include field trips as a regular form of study. There are opportunities to serve as research or teaching assistants at the undergraduate level – giving you the chance to publish and gain practical experience.
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Core courses include Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, Biological Anthropology and History of Anthropological Ideas. Students must also complete:
- Two courses studying geographic areas
- At least one methodology class studying either quantitative methods or completing an ethnographic field school
- One class covering the theoretical foundations of social practice and sustainability
- Courses pertaining to the study of social practice and sustainability at the 4000 level or above as well as a senior capstone.
- An internship as well as an accompanying academic course.
A minor is required for this degree. Popular minors include:
- Sustainable Development
- Global Studies
- A language
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.
- The Department of Anthropology has relationships with a variety of internship sites including Appalachian Voices, High Country Amigos, Sustainable Communities Coordinators, Legal Services of the Blue Ridge, Hunger Coalition, Appalachian Cultural Museum, and Student Action with Farmworkers.
- 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.
- 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
- Museum Education Director
- Museum Curator/Technician
- Social Science Analyst
- Bureau of Indian Affairs Researcher
- Community Development Officer
- Cultural Resource Manager
- Park Service Supervisor/Director
- Family Service Counselor
- Market Research Analyst
- Travel Consultant
Dr. Timothy J. Smith