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.


New Director Clark Maddux Seeks to Increase Awareness of Watauga Residential College

October 30, 2014

“I’ve always thought of myself as a professor first,” says Dr. Clark Maddux. “I’m proud of my research, but I know that where I make a long term impact is in the lives of students, and that’s what I want my legacy to be.”

As the new Director of Watauga Residential College, Maddux seeks to do just that: impact the lives of students by providing them with...

New Chair of Department of Philosophy and Religion Promotes Engaged Education

October 23, 2014

The College of Arts and Sciences welcomes Dr. Kevin Schilbrack as the new Chair for the Department of Philosophy and Religion.

Schilbrack received his Ph.D. from University of Chicago Divinity School.  A scholar interested in comparing religious philosophies around the world, Schilbrack recently published Philosophy and the Study of Religions: A Manifesto...

Watauga Global Community Changes Name to Watauga Residential College

October 22, 2014

One of the first official actions of our new Chancellor, Sheri Everts, was approving changing the name of Watauga Global Community to Watauga Residential College.  The faculty of Watauga and the College of Arts and Sciences recommended this change so that Watauga could occupy its rightful place as one of the signature—and storied—programs of Appalachian State...

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. 


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.