CAS Corps Feature: Grace Knapp

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Corps are chosen to serve as representatives to all constituents of CAS and to create, promote and execute opportunities for academic and professional growth. These students represent a variety of departments from across CAS and will represent the College at events through interaction among current students, future students, parents, donors and alumni.

Throughout the year, we will be introducing new students representing the College in the 2023-24 academic year through a question and answer format. For more about the CAS Corps, visit:

Grace Knapp

Year: Sophomore
Major: Global Studies (Development and Globalization)
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.

Which clubs or organizations are you a member of?

  • F.A.R.M Cafe


  • Watauga Residental College

  • Wine to Water

What research or coursework have you been most passionate about?

"Spanish Literature and Grammar and Global Borders and Walls"

Which location(s) do you hope to visit for an internship, a study abroad trip, a research experience, or just for fun?

"Latin/South America, such as Chile, Argentina, and Guatemala"

Where is your favorite place on campus and why?

"My favorite place on campus is Durham Park because it's very peaceful and it helps me reset after a long day of classes and work."

What is one of your favorite memories at Appalachian thus far?

"One of my favorite memories at Appalachian has been working with INTAPP and taking the international students to their first football game and the Blue Ridge Parkway."

What do you like about Boone and the surrounding community?

"I like how Boone is a very interconnected community and the people within this town embrace their surrounding environment and rich nature."

What are your hobbies?

"My hobbies consist of reading, creating art, hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing, and traveling."

What is your favorite book, podcast, artist, and/or television show?

"My favorite book is 'Power of the Now,' my favorite podcast is 'Hidden Brain,' and my favorite artist right now is ZHU."

Tell us about one faculty or staff member that has made an impact on your life and how.

"Jessica Martell has impacted my global perspectives through her 'Global Borders and Walls' class as well as empowering me, as a woman who loves to travel, to pursue my passions and goals."

What do you feel has been valuable in your education at Appalachian versus another institution?

"Appalachian has offered various global courses and Spanish courses, along with their study abroad program, which has enabled me to travel and experience within a smaller and local community."

What do you hope to do after graduation?

"I hope to go abroad and teach English first, work for a nonprofit, and then work for an embassy abroad."


About the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies
The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in four program areas: Appalachian studies; gender, women’s and sexuality studies; global studies; and interdisciplinary studies. The department is also home to Watauga Residential College, an interdisciplinary, alternative general education program. The department promotes creative and imaginative engagement through a cross-disciplinary investigation of complex systems and problems. Learn more at

Compiled by Lauren Andersen
November 17, 2023

CAS Corps member Grace Knapp is a sophomore global studies major from Greensboro. Photo by Lauren Andersen.
Published: Nov 17, 2023 7:55am