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.


Burris honored by UNC Board of Governors for teaching excellence

Jennifer Burris, an associate professor of physics at Appalachian State and director of the engineering physics graduate program, is one of 17 professors from across the UNC system who will receive a UNC Board of Governors 2015 Award for Teaching Excellence.

Ray Russell: The Internet’s Ray of Sunshine

Department of Computer Science faculty member and local weatherman Ray Russell is featured on, where he discusses his extensive career experience and weather center. 

“Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men”: Lecture by Dr. Michael Kimmel

March 20, 2015

On Tuesday, April 14, Appalachian State University will host an evening lecture by Dr. Michael Kimmel for the Fifth Annual Dean’s Advisory Council Interdisciplinary Lecture.  The event will take place in the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at 7pm.

Michael Kimmel is among the leading researchers and writers on men and masculinity in the world today. He...

Geography's site to be included in the World Meteorological Organization CryoNet's pre-operational testing phase

February 26, 2015

The Quelccaya Icecap site where Perry Baker is conducting research has been selected as one of two U.S.- supported sites to be included in the World Meteorological Organization CryoNet's pre-operational testing phase. Perry is an assistant professor of geography in Appalachian State University’s Department of Geography and Planning.

KyrgyzTUCKIAN Music as Cultural Foreign Policy

February 25, 2015

Please join the Center for Appalachian Studies in welcoming Dr. Jeffrey A. Keith, a professor of global studies at Warren Wilson College, Appalachian historian, and musician to our campus for a brown bag lecture on Friday, February 27th, from 12:30 to 1:30 in Linville Falls (PSU).

The title of Dr. Keith's lecture is Kyrgyztuckian Music as Cultural Foreign Policy...

Student News

Interdisciplinary Studies Student Co-Writes Professionally Produced Play

March 26, 2015 

Few students can say that they have studied abroad three times in three different countries, learned two foreign languages in college, and co-written a play that has been produced by professional actors in New York City. And yet, that’s precisely what Dara Epstein has done during her time at Appalachian.

Dara, a senior interdisciplinary studies student, co-...

Appalachian Geology Professors and Student Conduct Groundbreaking Climate Research in Mongolia

March 2, 2015 

Although the words “climate change” have become a commonly used phrase, few people know the science behind the term. Appalachian State geology professors Johnny Waters and Sarah Carmichael are out to change that.

For the past five years, Waters and Carmichael have been part of a United Nations-funded international group called the International Geologic...

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...