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
Alumni Profile: Shohei Tsutsumi ’18
Tsutsumi, of Osaka, Japan, exceled in the Appalachian studies graduate program — receiving scholarships for studies on local music traditions, winning prizes at old-time music contests and more.
On March 12, 2019, the Center for Appalachian Studies, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Education and Development , brought together mountain studies scholars from Austria, France, Scotland, Switzerland, and Wales. They joined Appalachian State faculty and students for a one-day scholarly exchange of research about the Appalachian Mountains and other mountains around the world. The symposium concluded with an evening reading of Appalachian literature; performances of traditional music and dance; and a square dance.