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.


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. ...

Professor in Department of Geography receives $494,000 grant from NSF

Assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Planning Dr. Baker Perry received a five-year $494,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will support Perry’s research on precipitation and climate change in the Andes Mountains in South America. 

Perry has been conducting research in the Andes Mountains for over fifteen years. He said, “I grew up in some of...

New Sociology professor to offer course on punishment in the US

Dr. Kenneth Sanchagrin will be joining the Appalachian State University Department of Sociology this fall and will instruct a course titled “Punishment in American Society (SOC 4340:101).” The course will meet during the Fall 2014 semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m. 

SOC 4340 offers a detailed examination of punishment in the United States with a focus on...

13th Annual Summer Holocaust Symposium held July 12-18

BOONE- The 13th Annual Martin and Doris Rosen Summer Symposium on Remembering the Holocaust will be held July 12- July 18 on the Appalachian State University campus. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The symposium focuses on insights about the victims, perpetrators, and consequences of the Nazi Holocaust and how teachers working with a variety of age...

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.