The Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains in Boone, North Carolina.

The Center for Appalachian Studies develops, coordinates, and facilitates curricula and programs which deal with the Appalachian region. Operating within the framework of the University's basic missions of teaching, research, and service, the Center's activities seek to encourage individuals drawn from among Appalachian's students, faculty, and public to invest more of themselves in the region than the simple economic exchanges derived from studying, working and relaxing here, and so add to the human capital available for the region's development. Through study of the region's rich cultural and environmental inheritance, the Center encourages members of the university community to understand more fully the social and cultural implications of the choices they make as permanent or part-time residents and as consumers of the region's many amenities. The Center's programs also broadcast to the larger world a deeper understanding of the special needs of mountain regions both as cultural and environmental settings. It assists ASU scholars in their teaching and research about the region, so that their professional development parallels their involvements as citizens and as residents.

The Appalachian Studies Program consists of a Master of Arts degree in Appalachian Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Appalachian Studies.

The Master of Arts degree in Appalachian Studies has three concentrations: Appalachian Culture, Appalachian Music: Roots and Influences, and Sustainable Development. The Graduate Program also offers an On-campus Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies, an Online Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies, and a Graduate Minor in Appalachian Studies.

The undergraduate program also offers two minors: Appalachian Studies and Appalachian Music: Roots and Influences.

2014 Appalachian College Student Survey

survey qr codeThe Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University is partnering with the Appalachian Regional Commission to sponsor a year-long, online survey of college students throughout the Appalachian region. The goal of this project is to ask college students in Appalachia to take the lead in deciding how to build a sustainable future for the region. We want to know what you consider to be the region's outstanding assets and needs, as well as to understand your career goals. This information can help create better Appalachian studies courses and better public policies that prepare us for the future. If you are a college student at any two– or four-year college or university in Appalachia, or have graduated in the last three years, we invite you to join in!

Take the survey now. View the IRB exemption for this project (PDF). 


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Doc Watson Endowment

doc watsonThe Doc Watson Endowment for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University provides opportunities for Appalachian Music students to work with expert practitioners in the field, and it brings Appalachian musicians and scholars to our campus. Students are able to document, celebrate, and study the contributions of Appalachian musicians adding to a growing body of knowledge of the diverse musical traditions that intersect in Appalachia.


305 Bodenheimer Drive
Living Learning Center
Room 109
PO Box 32018
Boone, NC 28608-2018

Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm

Dr. William R. Schumann
Center Director
LLA 110

Dr. Katherine E. Ledford
Program Director
LLA 108

Mrs. Debbie Bauer
Administrative Assistant
LLA 109

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College of Arts and Sciences

The Center for Appalachian Studies is a unit within Appalachian's College of Arts and Sciences.

The College of Arts & Sciences at Appalachian State University is home to fifteen academic departments spanning the humanities, social sciences, and the mathematical and natural sciences. The college is dedicated to providing instruction and research essential to the University's mission and seeks to cultivate the habits of inquiry, learning, and service among all its constituents.


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