Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies
Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies
Graduate Minor in Appalachian Studies
Center for Appalachian Studies
College of Arts and Sciences
Tom Hansell, Interim Center Director
Julie Shepherd-Powell, Graduate Program Director and Visiting Assistant Professor
The Center for Appalachian Studies offers the following programs:
- Master of Arts degree program in Appalachian Studies (204*/05.0199), with concentrations in
- Appalachian Culture Area (204B)
- Appalachian Music: Roots and Influences (204D)
- Sustainability in Appalachia (204E)
- Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies (200A/05.0199)
- Graduate Minor in Appalachian Studies (203/05.0199)
The Appalachian Culture Area 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.
The Appalachian Music: Roots and Influence concentration focuses on scholarly treatment of regional music traditions, including ballads, shape-note songs, traditional string bands, bluegrass, gospel, and country, including the African-American as well as European-American traditions.
The Sustainability in Appalachia concentration is based on applied research and interdisciplinary course work spanning the social and natural sciences as well as the humanities. It provides a foundation for those students who seek to develop the means for meeting the legitimate needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. For students interested in Appalachian and other highland and rural peoples, as well as other peoples threatened by the results of unsustainable practices and patterns, this course of study provides the background in the search for sustainable solutions.
PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE MINOR IN APPALACHIAN STUDIES (CODE: 203)
|Course Requirements for the Graduate Minor in Appalachian Studies (Code: 203)|
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 9
PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN APPALACHIAN STUDIES
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School.
Location: On Campus
|Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies (Code: 200A)|
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 18
|Elective Courses||A graduate elective course chosen in consultation with the program director (3)||3|
PROGRAM OF STUDY FOR THE MASTER OF ARTS IN APPALACHIAN STUDIES
Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School; official general GRE exam scores; two-page statement of intent explaining applicant's academic and professional goals in chosen concentration and the value of regional studies to the contemporary world; additional courses (up to 15 hours maximum) may be required if so indicated by the student's deficiencies.
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School. Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.
Location: On Campus
|Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies|
Total Semester Hours Required (minimum): 30 (THESIS) or 36 (INTERNSHIP)
|Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)|
Appalachian Culture Area Concentration (Code: 204B)
If thesis track choose 9 s.h. of coursework from the list below or from the courses listed above with the approval of the advisor.
If internship track choose 12-15 s.h. of coursework from the list below or from the courses listed above with the approval of the advisor.
With permission of the advisor, other courses with related topics, such as those in Anthropology, Appalachian Studies, Business, English, Geography, History, Planning, Public Administration, and Technology may be selected with permission of the advisor.
Other Requirements for the Master of Arts:
- Thesis: Optional
- Proficiency: Reading knowledge of a foreign language; demonstrated competency in statistics and/or computer science may be substituted upon approval of the student's advisor
- Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
- Comprehensive: A written examination is required
- Product of Learning: Not required
Related Course Listings
- Anthropology (ANT)
- Appalachian Studies (AS)
- Biology (BIO)
- Business Administration (MBA)
- Economics (ECO)
- English (ENG)
- Geography (GHY) and Planning (PLN)
- Geology (GLY)
- Political Science (PS) and Public Administration (PA)
- History (HIS)
- Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS)
- Management (MGT)
- Music (MUS)
- Religious Studies (REL)
- Sociology (SOC)
- Sustainable Development (SD)
- Technology (TEC)