Service-learning is a progressive teaching method used by faculty in many disciplines. It links the educational goals of a course to relevant community service activities, and includes structured reflection within the classroom. This increases students' understanding of both course content as well as its impact on real communities. With social justice at its philosophical root, service-learning naturally combines the life of the mind with habits of the heart.
Office of Student Research
Appalachian values undergraduate research, because students who understand how discoveries are made in their chosen field are well-prepared to address unsolved problems in the future. The Office of Student Research supports research opportunities with a variety of resources, including financial assistance. The quality of research at Appalachian is high, with students frequently presenting their findings at professional meetings across the country.
Common Reading Program
Since 1997, Appalachian's first-year students have read a common book as part of their orientation to university life. By participating in the Common Reading Program, you will share a common experience with other new students that contributes to a sense of community in your new environment and introduces you to Appalachian's academic life.
University Forum Lecture Series
The University Forum Lecture series brings distinguished speakers to campus to promote the exchange of ideas. Sometimes challenging, sometimes controversial, the speakers enliven campus dialogue. They bring awareness to issues of concern in society and help students think critically about those issues.