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.


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.

Early Voting Matters to Visiting Distinguished Professor in Political Science

November 20, 2014

Whether you view early voting as a necessity, a privilege, or an obligation, there is no denying that it has had a profound impact on American voting behavior. Dr. Paul Gronke has dedicated his career to studying the impact of early voting.

Gronke currently teaches at Appalachian State University as the Dr. Daniel B. German Professor in Political Science. This...

Bathanti receives the Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry

November 19, 2014

Joseph Bathanti, writer in residence for the College of Arts and Sciences' Watauga Residential College and professor of creative writing in the Department of English, has received the prestigious Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry for the second time. Congratulations to Dr. Bathanti on winning this coveted award.

Nunes Emphasizes Civic Engagement as Chair of the Department of Cultural, Gender and Global Studies

November 19, 2014

Millions of people use the internet every day without considering its effects on their lives, and on society as a whole. Dr. Mark Nunes, the new Chair of the Department of Cultural, Global and Gender Studies, is out to change that.

Dr. Nunes is author of Cyberspaces of Everyday Life (Minnesota, 2006), which explores how the Internet restructures our...

Off Crutches, Dr. William Schumann Transitions to Appalachian Studies in Stride

November 12, 2014

Billy Schumann may not be ready to try out for the US Olympic ski team, but he is happy to finally be at Appalachian leading the Center for Appalachian Studies.  An avid skier, Schumann had a nasty skiing accident in the months before coming to Appalachian, delaying his arrival and requiring surgery to repair a broken leg.  He is now excited to be back at his...

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,...