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Ashby Residential College

Undergraduate Studies

124 Mary Foust Hall



Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, Director of Ashby Residential College, Department of Educational Research Methodology

Jeanne Aaroe, Assistant Director of Ashby Residential College, Lecturer

William Dodson, Residential College Coordinator of Ashby Residential College, English Rhetoric

Christine R. Flood, Core Director of Ashby Residential College, Department of History


Frances C. Arndt, English Literature

Murray D. Arndt, Emeritus, Department of English

Dagney Butler, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Clara Chu, Department of Library and Information Studies

M. Jeffrey Colbert, Department of Political Science

Jacqueline Downing, Department of Communication Studies

Nathan Foster, Department of Psychology

Lynda Kellam, Jackson Library

Larry Lavendar, Department of Dance

Jay Lennartson, Department of Geography

Crawford Miller, Department of Communication Studies

Robert Miller, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Matthew McNees, Department of English

Mark Moser, Department of History

Radmila Petric, Department of Biology

Ben Ramsey, Department of Religious Studies

Ashby Residential College Core Values: Liberal education, experimentation, and human rights.

Vision Statement

Ashby Residential College (ARC) is a home on campus where students can relate serious academic studies to communal issues and personal development. ARC upholds a tradition that fosters friendships, a commitment to life-long learning, and a responsibility to the community.

Mission Statement

Ashby Residential College, founded in 1970, is the oldest residential college in North Carolina. We foster a living-learning, holistic academic community grounded in liberal education. Our primary intellectual and social commitment is peace, which includes sustainability, wellness, and global human rights. Our experimental, multidisciplinary curriculum and self-governing activities encourage students to:

  • Integrate and apply knowledge to societal challenges with progressively higher levels of explorations and expectations;
  • Organize, plan, and implement projects that foster personal development, innovation, leadership, and civic engagement; and
  • Develop with faculty, staff, and alumni a strong and diverse community connected by a respect for individuality and a balance between public and private values.


Ashby Residential College (ARC), founded in 1970, is the oldest residential college in North Carolina. We foster a living-learning, holistic academic community grounded in liberal education. Our primary intellectual and social commitment is to global engagement and peace, which includes sustainability, wellness, and human rights. We value faculty-student interactions and emphasize small-seminar classes that meet UNCG general education requirements. In-house programs provide support in terms of advising, library access, research, and writing. Self-governing activities encourage students to integrate and apply knowledge to societal challenges, implement projects that foster personal development, innovation, leadership, and civic engagement. ARC now includes two inclusive, co-ed student communities—ARC and Upper-Class ARC: PAX Scholars. Mary Foust Hall houses approximately 120 freshmen and sophomores. Guilford Hall, founded in 2011, houses juniors and seniors. The Upper-Class PAX program helps students carry the values of ARC into their majors and into the professional world. All students who have been admitted to UNCG automatically qualify for application to ARC. Anyone who wishes to receive more information about the program is encouraged to contact the ARC Office, located in 124 Mary Foust Hall, 336/334-5915, and to visit the Web site:

Ashby Residential College in Mary Foust is an inclusive, two-year program that offers a unique living and learning environment for a co-ed student community of approximately 120 freshmen and sophomores with a limited number of Upper-Class Mentor participants. ARC is a small college but with immediate and complete access to the diverse facilities, programs, and departments of a larger university. ARC provides a setting that encourages innovative study, small classes, unity of academic and social experiences, and close student-faculty contacts. A Residential College Coordinator, who serves on the faculty, resides in the hall. Other faculty members have offices in the residence hall. Students and faculty serve on governing committees and participate together in special events within the community.

Every semester, the ARC curriculum includes approximately eighteen courses taught by faculty from departments across campus. These courses meet UNCG general education requirements as well as requirements for a variety of majors. All students are asked to participate in one of the ARC multidisciplinary core courses, which represent four to five integrated courses from the ARC curriculum and to choose another class from the other curricular offerings, which represent a wide range of academic subjects. These seminars, along with varied types of independent study and community service work, make up approximately six hours of a student’s semester course load. The remaining semester hours are taken within the greater University. ARC students are not only full members of UNCG, but are also encouraged to participate in the life of the University.

Upper-Class Ashby: PAX Scholars in Guilford Hall offers juniors and seniors multidisciplinary perspectives to their academic paths. The curriculum incorporates peace and global perspectives as an approach to one’s individual major. PAX offers diverse classes that enable students to explore their subjects on a global scale, with the idea of peace as a working method and goal. Course offerings will continue to expand in the coming semesters. The PAX program is not a major, but an approach to students’ majors. In addition to courses, the PAX program can facilitate service projects as independent studies through various departments; internships with on- and off-campus groups, organizations, and businesses; and undergraduate research opportunities. The Ashby Residential College, Upper-Class Ashby: PAX Scholars program provides advising support and mentoring from dedicated faculty and staff. PAX includes the following:

Courses. Each semester the PAX program offers courses such as Writing in the Professions that can fill electives and other requirements within a student’s major.

Career planning. PAX helps students in their career search, and/or applications to graduate school. PAX holds several workshops, and work with PAX Scholar students individually on their resumes.

Independent studies/service learning. PAX help students plan an independent study/service learning opportunity to help round out their college experience.

Programming. PAX students organize events that fit their interests and professional needs. These events are open to students in Guilford, Mary Foust, and the campus as a whole. One such activity is the monthly PAX Dinner Discussion where PAX students gather and discuss what they are doing in their courses, jobs/internships/volunteer work, and lives. Another activity is a monthly Speaker Series where students engage guest lecturers and/or organize presentations by PAX or other students. PAX also organizes regular outings, in which groups of PAX students attend events on- and off-campus that share some connection to peace and global studies.

PAX Outreach. A PAX ambassador attends ARC Council meetings. The Ambassador shares information back and forth and develops strong communication between ARC in Mary Foust and PAX in Guilford.

Unconference. PAX students help organize the annual Unconference, which is typically held in the spring. The Unconference includes scholarly papers, art exhibitions, performances, and other public presentations of UNCG students’ work.

This page was last updated on June 6, 2012.