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.


Nominations for 2014-2015 Faculty and Staff Awards Now Open

Have you worked with a faculty or staff member that is extraordinary in how they teach and deliver services to our students and community?  Have you wondered how this person can be recognized for his or her outstanding work? Consider taking a few minutes to recognize great behaviors by nominating him or her for one of the awards available through the college. 

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Faculty Member Receives 2015 National Council on Public History Book Award

May 7, 2015

Department of History faculty member Andrea Burns has been awarded the 2015 National Council on Public History Book Award for her work, From Storefront to Monument: Tracing the Public History of the Black Museum Movement. The NCPH Book Award recognizes outstanding scholarship that addresses the theory and/or practice of public history or that includes the products...

Bathanti receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

April 30, 2015 

Faculty member and former Poet Laureate of North Carolina Joseph Bathanti has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, an honor which is given to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state of North Carolina. Other notable recipients include Maya Angelou, Bob Timberlake, Coretta Scott King, and Doc Watson.

“Receiving the...

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.


Student News

Cloutier receives awards from Cave Research Foundation and Geological Society of America

May 6, 2015

When Mara C. Cloutier chose to attend graduate school at Appalachian State University, the Asheville resident said it was because she could explore two possible passions: field work and lab research.

Cloutier is a first-year graduate student in Appalachian’s Department of Biology working with Dr. Suzanna Bräuer (biology) and Dr. Sarah Carmichael (...
Bennett wins Capote Literary Trust Scholarship

April 29, 2015

Andrew D. Bennett of Cary has won the Truman Capote Literary Trust Scholarship for Creative Writing (prose) for 2015-16. Bennett is a junior at Appalachian State University majoring in English with a concentration in creative writing. His first place award is $3,420.

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...