The Appalachian Studies Academic Program, in partnership with the Center for Appalachian Studies, coordinates curriculum, research, and community engagement relating to the Appalachian Mountain region. Through course work, collaborative research, and mentoring, students acquire a broad understanding of the Appalachian Mountain region and develop applied skills that translate academic learning into careers and regional service.
At the graduate level, we offer:
- Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies with two concentrations:
- Appalachian Culture and Music
- Sustainability in Appalachia
- On-campus Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies
- Online Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies
- Graduate Minor in Appalachian Studies
For course information, visit the Graduate Bulletin.
At the undergraduate level, we offer:
- two undergraduate minors
- a General Education Integrative Learning Experience theme
Appalachian State University is home to the peer-reviewed Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review , founded in 1972, and the W. L. Eury Appalachian Collection in Belk Library and Information Commons.
Graduate Degree, Certificates, and Minor
Global Roots of Appalachian Mountain Dance Symposium
The Global Roots of Appalachian Mountain Dance Symposium is a three-day event sponsored by the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University in spring 2022. Free and open to the public, the symposium will include:
- film screenings and discussion,
- lecture demonstrations,
- a keynote panel and
- social dances of the diverse traditions that make up the global roots of Appalachian dance.
These include West African, Afro-Caribbean, Cherokee, and Irish dance traditions. Additionally, Appalachian dance traditions, such as flatfooting and buckdancing, and their close “cousins,” such as tapping and stepping, will be featured to highlight the different directions that these roots took off.
For more information or to get involved, please email Dr. Julie Shepherd-Powell at firstname.lastname@example.org.