The College of Arts & Sciences at Appalachian State University is home to 16 academic departments spanning the humanities, social sciences, and the mathematical and natural sciences. The college is dedicated to providing instruction and research essential to the University's mission and seeks to cultivate the habits of inquiry, learning, and service among all its constituents.


Visiting Professor Participates in National Civil Engagement Summit

Oct. 15, 2014

Dr. Robert Bringle, the Kulynych/Cline Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology, has been invited to participate in the Civic Learning and National Service Summit on Thursday, October 16th. On September 12, President Obama hosted a ceremony at the White House to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of AmeriCorps and recognize the 900,000 Americans who...

Faculty Member Publishes First Book

Leigh Ann Henion, a lecturer in Appalachian State University’s Department of English and Watauga Residential College’s Writing in the Field Program, has chased eclipses, migrations, and other phenomena around the world to rekindle her sense of wonder. Henion’s first book, Phenomenal: A Hesitant Adventurer’s Search for Wonder in the Natural World, details the pilgrimage. 


Department of Sociology Welcomes New Director Amy Dellinger Page

The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes Dr. Amy Dellinger Page, the new Chairperson of the Department of Sociology, following a national search.  Page served last year as the Department’s Interim Chair.

In her new role, Page plans to focus her attention on increasing awareness of the department, its potential for meaningful growth, and the wide variety of career opportunities that...

Appalachian State University Government and Justice Studies Faculty Member Quoted in New York Times

Appalachian State University faculty member Curtis Ryan was quoted as an expert on Jordanian politics in the New York Times on September 17. Dr. Ryan is a professor of Government and Justice Studies, who specializes in International...

Nominations now open for the 2014 College of Arts and Sciences faculty and staff awards

The College of Arts and Sciences is now accepting nominations for the 2014 faculty and staff awards. The awards recognize faculty for outstanding service, teaching or scholarly work. In addition, the College has now established an Outstanding Staff Award to recognize the importance of services provided by staff members. ...

Student News

Senior chemistry major wins National Goldwater Scholarship

BOONE- 2013 and 2014 have proven to be very busy years for senior chemistry major Corbin Daniel Ester.

In addition to exceling in a rigorous discipline, conducting research with faculty, and being an active member of several campus organizations during the academic year, Ester spends his summers in research internships. While others are winding down and preparing for a break, Ester is...

College of Arts and Sciences awards undergraduate scholarships and Outstanding Advisor Award

The College of Arts and Sciences awarded the Richard N. Henson Outstanding Advisor Award and presented scholarships to six undergraduate students in various departments at the 2014 Honors Day Reception on April 25th. Departments in the College of Arts and Sciences also awarded departmental scholarships to many students.

Alexandra Hellenbrand from the Department of Cultural,...

Geology major wins prestigious scholarship from NOAA

Sophomore geology major Laura Heinen recently won the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship. The scholarship is highly competitive and awarded to a select number of applicants.

Heinen is currently researching groundwater surface water interaction in headwaters with fellow geology major Alex Beck and assistant professor Chuanhui Gu.