Messages from the Dean

Dear Honors College students,

Honors College International Education Requirement!  We in the Honors College take pride in giving you unconditional support. During this global pandemic, this means:  we will not let COVID-19 take away your opportunities to complete an Honors College education! If you have questions about fulfilling requirements—especially your Honors international education requirement—please email me here right away with a copy to your Honors College academic mentor:  we’ll quickly schedule a meeting to work out a plan for moving forward.

And heads up:  We'll be offering 6 HON and international education credits online this summer (see "Rhythm and Revolution" below) and 2 HON seminars (2515 and 3515) in Fall 2021 that will enable you to meet our international education requirement! Look for our HON Course Catalogue, coming soon to an inbox near you!

Writing with pleasure,


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COVID-19 update:

Visit the App State COVID-19 Information website for the latest official updates from the university.

In response to COVID-19, we in the Honors College are practicing both physical distancing and social solidarity and responsibility.  We are very much open for all Honors College business, but Honors College staff, student employees, and faculty are also currently working in only limited ways in Appalachian Hall. Students, prospective students, parents, visitors:  if you would like to connect with us, please email or call 828-262-2083 and leave a message. To connect with Dean Jeff Vahlbusch, please email him at or leave a message at 828-262-7573. We will respond as soon as possible.

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Honors College COVID-related Academic Policies



Upcoming Events

Welcome to the Honors College Announcement Center! Check back here frequently for updates on Honors College events, programs, and information. Current Honors College announcements are also posted live on the front office TV screen, so come by and see us! Visit the Upcoming Events Page for an archive of announcements from this current semester.

The Honors College at ASU!

The Honors College at Appalachian offers an enhanced intellectual experience for the most academically motivated students on campus, one that fosters independent and creative thinking, global engagement, and personal integrity. The Honors curriculum includes topically focused, interdisciplinary, and discussion-based seminars. It extends to a required international experience, and culminates in an Honors thesis as original research or a creative endeavor. Students in the Honors College are supported and challenged by a community of like-minded learners. From the Honors experience, students emerge as lifelong learners well prepared for post-graduate training—leaders of the future.