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.


Geography's site to be included in the World Meteorological Organization CryoNet's pre-operational testing phase

February 26, 2015

The Quelccaya Icecap site where Perry Baker is conducting research has been selected as one of two U.S.- supported sites to be included in the World Meteorological Organization CryoNet's pre-operational testing phase. Perry is an assistant professor of geography in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geography and Planning.

KyrgyzTUCKIAN Music as Cultural Foreign Policy

February 25, 2015

Please join the Center for Appalachian Studies in welcoming Dr. Jeffrey A. Keith, a professor of global studies at Warren Wilson College, Appalachian historian, and musician to our campus for a brown bag lecture on Friday, February 27th, from 12:30 to 1:30 in Linville Falls (PSU).

The title of Dr. Keith's lecture is Kyrgyztuckian Music as Cultural Foreign Policy...

Appalachian Journal fall/winter issue released

February 25, 2015

Appalachian Journal has released its fall/winter 2015 issue, which features the winning essay of the Appalachian Studies Association’s 2014 Carl Ross Award. Appalachian State graduate Zachary D. Swick received the award for his article on sustainable development titled in April 2014. The award honors Carl Ross, who was a history professor and director of the Center for...

Center for Appalachian Studies receives grant to develop classroom materials focused on region’s musical heritage

February 24, 2015

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded $7,000 to the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University to develop lesson plans about North Carolina’s music traditions. 

Poetry, mystery and short story writers featured during spring Visiting Writers Series

February 23, 2015

A variety of writing genres will be featured during the spring Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State University, which begins March 19 with a reading by poet Hank Lazer. Mystery and short story author Roxane Gay will come to campus April 16. Readings by poets Megan Kaminski and Tim Earley will conclude the series April 23. Admission to all...

Student News

Appalachian Geology Professors and Student Conduct Groundbreaking Climate Research in Mongolia

March 2, 2015 

Although the words “climate change” have become a commonly used phrase, few people know the science behind the term. Appalachian State geology professors Johnny Waters and Sarah Carmichael are out to change that.

For the past five years, Waters and Carmichael have been part of a United Nations-funded international group called the International Geologic...

Alumna Kit Gruelle fights domestic violence in HBO documentary ‘Private Violence’

BOONE—As part of her ongoing battle against domestic violence, Appalachian State University alumna Kit Gruelle is featured in the HBO documentary “Private Violence.” Gruelle is featured in the film as an advocate and community activist fighting for rights and resources for women and children who experience violence at home. “Private Violence” centers on a North Carolina woman who has survived...

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...