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.


Scholarship honors Revolutionary War hero and family

In the early fall of 1780 during the Revolutionary War, British forces were beginning to threaten western North Carolina and southern Virginia. Brush fires were built on mountaintops to alert communities and local militia of the movement of British soldiers. A brush fire signaled the movement of British Major Patrick Ferguson and his army during a militia meeting near Boone on September 18...

Appalachian to host Conference on Rural Mental Health

The 4th Annual Collaborative Conference on Rural Mental Health (CCRMH) will take place on April 17-18 in the Linville Falls room of the Plemmons Student Union at Appalachian State University. The event is sponsored by the Department of Psychology.

The conference is an annual event dedicated to promoting research, practice, and training issues unique to mental health services...

Psychology professor receives award from UNC Board of Governors

Professor in the Department of Psychology Timothy J. Huelsman received the Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of North Carolina system Board of Governors. He is one of 17 recipients from the system.

Recipients of the award were nominated by committees on their home campuses and selected by the Board of Governors Committee on Personnel and Tenure. The recipients...

Professor in Department of Physics aids in first discovery of asteroid rings

Physics professor and astronomer Joseph Pollock was part of a team of astronomers that discovered the first documented asteroid with a ring system. The research was published in the March 26 issue of Nature.

The asteroid, “Chariklo,” has two rings and orbits the Sun between Saturn and Uranus. The team was initially monitoring the asteroid as it passed in front of a star. The...

Appalachian to host Ninth Annual Conference in World History and Economics

Appalachian State University will be hosting the Ninth Annual Conference in World History and Economics. It is an interdisciplinary meeting aimed at bringing together scholars from Appalachian State University with scholars from other universities in North Carolina, the surrounding states, and abroad. The conference will be held on April 12, 2014 in Raley Hall.

There will be 5-6 panels...

Student News

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.


Appalachian celebrates and honors student research

The 17th Annual Celebration of Research and Creative Endeavors was held on April 10th on the Appalachian campus. Over 115 students and 75 faculty mentors from 26 departments were recognized for their research. Students were given opportunities to present oral and poster presentations describing their work. 

Features speaker Hayes School of Music Dean Bill Peltro said, “We...

Appalachian Studies graduate student wins Carl A. Ross Student Paper Award

Appalachian Studies graduate student Zachary Swick won the Appalachian Studies Association (ASA) 2014 Carl A. Ross Student Paper Award. His paper is titled “Adaptive Policy and Governance: Natural Resources, Ownership, and Community Development in Appalachia.”

The paper examines practices and policies to better manage natural resources and community development in Appalachia. It also...