From the Dean


Neva_SpechtWelcome to the website for the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most diverse academic unit at Appalachian State University, offering 89 undergraduate majors and more than 40 minors  and certificates in disciplines that span the humanities, natural and mathematical sciences, and social sciences. In addition, masters degree programs, some of which have received national recognition, are offered by thirteen of the college's academic departments.

The 430 full-time faculty members in the college pride themselves on their commitment to teaching and scholarship and strive to help their students learn specific content information, develop critical thinking abilities, achieve mastery of oral and written communication skills, and gain the ability to integrate knowledge across academic fields. Moreover, our faculty provide real-world experiences for the students majoring in our programs. The College of Arts and Sciences is also largely responsible for the implementation of Appalachian State's general education curriculum and, therefore, is heavily involved in the education of all students, including those who are pursuing majors in other colleges.

In addition to its on-campus efforts, the College of Arts and Sciences is actively involved in distance education and study abroad programs in a variety of academic fields. Please explore the individual department and program webpages for more detailed information regarding the college's offerings and feel free to contact me or anyone in the Dean's Office if we can be of assistance to you. Thank you for your interest in the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State.

Neva J. Specht, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts and Sciences