Prospective Students

Welcome to the Future of Appalachia

The Center for Appalachian Studies coordinates curriculum, research, and community engagement relating to the Appalachian region. Through course work, collaborative research, and mentoring, students acquire a broad understanding of the Appalachian region and develop applied skills that translate academic learning into careers and regional service.

At the graduate level, the Center creates an interdisciplinary learning environment that encourages students to develop targeted programs of study specific to their individual educational goals. We offer internships and other training opportunities that lead to meaningful careers within and beyond the Appalachian region.


Graduate Programs

Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies

The Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies offers two interdisciplinary concentrations: 1) Appalachian Culture and Music and 2) Sustainability in Appalachia.

Appalachian Culture and Music

The Appalachian Culture and Music concentration focuses on scholarship and research in the social sciences, humanities, and fine and applied arts, seeking to deepen understanding of the Appalachian socio-cultural and historical experience.

Sustainability in Appalachia

The Sustainability in Appalachia concentration is based on applied research and interdisciplinary course work spanning social and natural sciences as well as the humanities. It provides a foundation for those students to develop the means to meet the needs of present generations without compromising future generations.

This course of study provides students the skills and knowledge to develop sustainable solutions for peoples and environments threatened by unsustainable practices in not only Appalachia, but also on the national and international levels.

Graduate Certificate (non-degree) in Appalachian Studies 

The Graduate Certificate is designed for prosepective students interested in gaining sophisticated knowledge of the region. By enhancing the ability to work in a professional and culturally informed way in addressing local and regional issues, this certification will be useful to future and current professionals working in education, government, business, travel and tourism, and cultural programming.

Graduate Minor in Appalachian Studies

The Graduate Minor in Appalachian studies is available to students enrolled in any graduate program at Appalachian State University. Graduate students in English, history, political science, and other programs find this course of study complementary to their academic interests and career plans.

Undergraduate Minors

We offer two undergraduate minors in Appalachian Studies. For more information, see the programs of study for each minor:

Global Curriculum in Appalachian Studies

Mountain-to-mountain pedagogy, scholarship, and exchanges are cornerstones of the Center and its academic programs.