The Honors College at Appalachian State 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.

Weekly Message from the Dean

September 21, 2022

Dear friends of Honors:  students, faculty, staff, parents, guardians, family members,

In Monday's issue of Marie's Musings, subtitled "News for Faculty and Staff of the Beaver College of Health Sciences," my colleague and friend Dr. Marie Huff, Dean of that wonderful College, wrote this about last week's ESPN Game Day coverage and our nationally televised football game against Troy:

"This weekend provided an opportunity to showcase our university to a national audience, piquing the curiosity of thousands of potential students!" (Dean Huff's emphases).

Across Appalachian State, we are ready for such national curiosity, attention, and comparison, and for student interest and inquiries from across the nation and around the world. We are an extraordinary university with first-rate faculty and academic programs, extraordinary students, and a uniquely student-centered, caring culture. 

We in App State's Honors College are thrilled and proud to be a part of this outstanding university, to be one of those first-rate academic programs, and to keep working to create and sustain a world-class Honors College able to measure itself against any and all in the opportunities we are able to offer our students, and eager to recruit diverse cohorts of great students from North Carolina and beyond.

Good readers of this Memo, may I invite you to help with gifts of ideas, suggestions, critiques, questions, daydreams, time and talent, treasure – for the Honors College as well as for our currently 36 departmental Honors program across the university? How can we improve what we are doing, and what new initiatives might we begin?

I look forward to hearing from you:



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Meet the Dean

Dean Vahbusch

"One of the best things about being Honors dean are all the chances I have to define and refine Honors education at Appalachian, in conversation and collaboration with Honors students, faculty, parents, staff members, friends. In the words of national Honors leader Dr. Sam Schumann (1942-2014), 'Honors is trying to do undergraduate education as well as it can be done.' The Honors College and departmental Honors programs across the university are thus communities in which students, faculty, and staff gather to create new opportunities, to experiment and innovate, to grow together in collaborative pursuit of an important and ever-changing goal."

Dr. Jefford Vahlbusch
Dean, Honors College

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