The Center for Appalachian Studies, an interdisciplinary program of University College at Appalachian State University, was established in 1978 to coordinate and promote curriculum offerings, public programs, and research activities on the Appalachian region. Built on the good work of generations of Appalachian scholars, including folklorist Amos Abrams and Cratis Williams, considered the father of Appalachian Studies, the Center works to illuminate and sustain the region's rich history, cultures, communities, and ecology.
The Center coordinates coursework leading to the only Master of Arts degree offered anywhere in Appalachian Studies, with three concentrations: Culture, Appalachian Music, and Sustainable Development, as well as two Graduate Certificates in Appalachian Studies, one offered on campus and one offered online. The Center also coordinates coursework leading to the only Bachelor of Arts degree in Appalachian Studies in the nation and undergraduate minors in Appalachian Studies and Appalachian Music. The Center encourages research and collaborative projects with local scholars, community groups, and other organizations concerned with the region's past, present, and future.
The faculty are drawn from 14 academic departments across the campus, and together with the Appalachian Journal, and the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, comprise important resources for the study of Appalachia and other mountain regions.
The Center for Appalachian Studies is located in the Living Learning Center (Academic building) on Bodenheimer Drive.
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305 Bodenheimer Drive
Living Learning Center
PO Box 32018
Boone, NC 28608-2018
Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm
Dr. Patricia D. Beaver
Dr. Katherine E. Ledford
Mrs. Debbie Bauer
Center for Appalachian Studies is a unit within Appalachian's University College. University College consists of the university's integrated general education curriculum, academic support services, residential learning communities, interdisciplinary degree programs and co-curricular programming – all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside of the classroom.