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Appalachian State University, Department of Anthropology
224 Joyce Lawrence Lane 348 Anne Belk Hall Boone NC 28608 United States
Phone+1 828.262.2295
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General Description / Special Programs

One of largest undergraduate-only department of anthropology in the United States with nearly 150 majors and 10 tenure-line faculty. Offers three degree tracks: B.S. in Anthropology, B.A. in Anthropology, and B.S. in Multidisciplinary Anthropology; faculty work in the Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Oman, the Philippines, Senegal, Yemen, and the United States (American Southwest, American Southeast, Appalachia, and the Atlantic Coast); Laboratory courses in archaeology, bioarchaeology, visual ethnography, experimental ethnography, experimental archaeology, human evolution, microscopy, osteology, paleopathology, zooarchaeology.

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Degrees Offered B.S. in Anthropology, B.A. in Anthropology, B.S. in Multidisciplinary Anthropology
Highest Degree Offered BA/BS
BA/BS Field Areas
Biological Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Experience Offered
Internship / Grants / Funding
Internships Available 1
Internship Required 0
Internship Info

Grants Or Funding The Department offers two types of scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing a degree in anthropology. The Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarships are awarded each year to anthropology majors based on their academic achievement. Both financial need and scholastic achievement are considered when choosing the recipient of the Stephen Richard Weller Memorial Scholarship. Summer stipends for undergraduate research are available through the Dr. L. Jill Loucks Memorial Scholarship Fund. An Outstanding Senior is selected each year out of the graduating classes. The Department also recognizes a student with the Dr. Susan E. Keefe Practicing Anthropology Award, who has contributed in a significant way to solving problems using anthropological theories and methods.
Program Details
Research Facilities

Laboratories of Archaeological Science for contract archaeological work, cultural resource management and research in Southern Appalachians and Russia; microscopy lab; primatology lab; experimental ethnography lab; archaeology visualization lab; human skeletal biology lab; 3-D printing and scanning lab. With the exception of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, we have the largest vertebrate osteological comparative collection in North Carolina. Our human skeletal collection and fossil cast collection--used for teaching and research in biological anthropology, skeletal morphology, and forensic analysis--is the second largest in the UNC system. We house archaeological research collections from the following periods: Archaic South East, Hopewellian (Biltmore Estate), Late Prehistoric (North Carolina), Protohistoric (Broyhill Property), and Historic (Fort Defiance and others) The L. Jill Loucks Memorial Library contains nearly 2,500 books, in addition to hundreds of journals and magazines, on topics covering all of the sub-disciplines of anthropology. Included in the collection are numerous ethnographies that cover the history of anthropology. There are also books on artifact typologies, and articles on archaeological theory from antiquarian times through the present. The Stephen Richard Weller Memorial Student Lounge is available to all of our undergraduate majors. It offers a place for study, quiet reflection, student study sessions, lunch, and many other uses that benefit our students.

Certs Offered 0
Employees1 to 25
Online Courses
Online Courses: 0
Club / Honor Society
Anthropology Club: 1
Anthropology Club Info: ASU Anthropology Society (Anthropology Club)
Anthropology Club Advisor: Dr. Marc Kissel
Lambda Alpha Chapter: 1