Messages from the Dean

Dear Honors friends,

One of the things I most like about being Honors dean is all the chances I have to define—and re(de)fine—Honors education at Appalachian, in conversation and collaboration with Honors students, faculty, parents, staff members, friends.

Part of my inspiration for this exciting work comes from Dr. Sam Schumann (1942-2014), a long-time national leader in Honors and a former chancellor at UNC-Asheville and the University of Minnesota - Morris. I heard Sam say more than once: "Honors is trying to do undergraduate education as well as it can be done." Honors Colleges and departmental Honors programs are thus communities in which students and faculty and staff gather to experiment and create new opportunities, to innovate, to grow together.

I especially like Sam's insistence on the 'trying' and striving, our collaborative pursuit of an ever-changing goal.

Sending gratitude to all involved in this great pursuit, and all who make it possible at Appalachian!


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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.

  • Free Educational Series on Our Energy Future
    Sep 16, 2021
  • DLLC International Speaker Series to feature Japanese scholar (Sept 30)
    Sep 15, 2021
  • Tickets for 'An Evening with Sarah Jones' and Yonder Mountain String Band/Del McCoury Band On Sale Now for the Schaefer Center Presents Series
    Sep 15, 2021

About the Honors College

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.