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.


Faculty restructure biology curriculum for science and non-science majors

April 22, 2015

Changes to modernize the biology curriculum and address a variety of learners has resulted in a restructuring of the four-year biology curriculum at Appalachian State University, starting with the introductory courses. The work of a team of biology faculty is part of the nationwide Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education (PULSE) initiative to rethink the way...

Faculty research gains national attention

April 14, 2015

Faculty members Marian Williams and Jeff Holcomb, both of the Department of Government and Justice Studies, conducted a study on asset forfeiture to better understand forfeiture decisions by law enforcement. Asset forfeiture laws allow police to seize assets from individuals who are suspected of engaging in criminal activity, most commonly drug-related crimes.


Trapped in Guyland?

April 13, 2015

In 1960, by the age of 30 almost 70% of American men had left home, completed their educations, found a partner and started work. By comparison, today less than a third of men reach these milestones before their thirties. Michael Kimmel writes in his book Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men about the reluctance of young men today to grow up. ...

Appalachian professors honored for excellence in teaching

April 9, 2015

Six professors at Appalachian State University have been honored for their teaching, including four from the College of Arts and Sciences.

As runner up to a UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence, Associate Professor of Spanish Catherine Fountain has received a campus-based Board of Governors Appalachian State University Excellence in Teaching Award....

Four graduating seniors to speak at the spring 2015 commencement

April 8, 2015

For the first time, the College of Arts and Sciences has offered graduating seniors the opportunity to be selected as the college’s keynote speakers at the spring 2015 commencement ceremony. The students considered for this honor must have distinguished themselves through leadership roles, public service, creative endeavors, research or other accomplishments during their...

Student News

Career confirmed by thinking small…nano-scale small

April 1, 2015 

Many people probably do not know what carbon nanotubes are, but Andrew Zeidell knows they’re something to get excited about.

Zeidell, a graduate student in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, heard about carbon nanotubes from a friend who had researched them. The topic piqued his interest, and he began to research ways to reduce the cost of their...

Students and geology professor research ancient marine animal

March 31, 2015

Dr. Johnny Waters, of Appalachian State University’s Department of Geology, is working with former student Bonnie Nguyen and senior Lyndsie White to better understand blastoids. Through the use of technology, Nguyen and White have created 3D models of the ancient marine animal, as well as computer simulations showing how water flowed through the animal’s gill-like...

Interdisciplinary Studies Student Co-Writes Professionally Produced Play

March 26, 2015 

Few students can say that they have studied abroad three times in three different countries, learned two foreign languages in college, and co-written a play that has been produced by professional actors in New York City. And yet, that’s precisely what Dara Epstein has done during her time at Appalachian.

Dara, a senior interdisciplinary studies student, co-...