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.


The College of Arts and Sciences names Dr. Nancy Love new Humanities Council Coordinator.

December 10, 2014 

“I am honored to serve as the new Coordinator of the College of Arts and Sciences Humanities Council,” Dr. Nancy Sue Love says. “In the 21st century, American citizens are being asked to redefine themselves as members of an emerging global community. Although the traditional humanities remain crucial resources in this effort, today their task is to enhance public...

Appalachian Professors Create Girl Scout Badge to Encourage Girls to Pursue Mathematics

December 10, 2014 

Appalachian professors Sarah Greenwald, Amber Mellon, and Jill Thomley are passionate about mathematics, and have found a way to encourage young girls to pursue their love of math.

“Girl Scouts of America has found that girls are interested in mathematics but they don’t have role models to follow, and they need them,” says Greenwald.

This led...

College Faculty and Staff Receive Recognition for Teaching, Scholarship and Service

December 8, 2014

Each fall, the College of Arts and Sciences shows appreciation to members of its faculty and staff for their service, teaching or scholarly work.  Faculty and staff nominate their colleagues for the college awards. This year’s recipients received their awards at the Faculty and Staff Awards Ceremony in the Solarium of Plemmons Student Union.

“The CAS Awards...

Department of Mathematical Sciences Helps Host FIRST Lego League Regional Qualifying Tournament

December 3, 2014

The Department of Mathematical Sciences helped host this year’s FIRST Lego League Regional Qualifying Tournament.

Mathematical Sciences faculty member Eric Marland says, “This competition hosts children primarily from the 4th to 8th grades, an age where they start to decide where they are headed and what they want to pursue....

Specht named N.C. Humanities Council Board chairperson

November 25, 2014

Dr. Neva J. Specht, senior associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, has been elected chair of the board of the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Specht is also a professor of history at Appalachian.

Student News

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...

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,...