Appalachian Studies (MA; Certificate; Minor)

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

appstudies.appstate.edu

William Schumann, Center Director
schumannwr@appstate.edu

Katherine Ledford, Graduate Program Director and Assistant Professor
ledfordke@appstate.edu

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
 
Required Courses
  • Choose 9 semester hours from the following list (9)
    • AS 5000: Bibliography and Research (3)
    • ANT 5120: Appalachian Culture and Social Organization (3)
    • BIO 5508: Biogeography (3)
    • ENG 5xxx: Course with Appalachia as the central focus (e.g., ENG 5710-Advanced Folklore; ENG 5720-Appalachian Literature) (3)
    • HIS 5208: Readings Seminar in Appalachian History (3)
    • HIS 5209: Research Seminar in Appalachian History (3)
    • REL 5400: Religion in Appalachia (3)
    • PS 5130: Appalachian Political Perspectives (3)
    • SOC 5300: Appalachia in Social Context (3)
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
 
Required Courses
  • An appropriate research methods course, e.g., AS 5000 or equivalent (3)
  • Choose 4 courses from at least 3 departments out of the following list (12)
    • ANT 5120: Appalachian Culture and Social Organization (3)
    • BIO 5508: Biogeography (3)
    • ENG 5710: Advanced Folklore (3)
    • ENG 5720: Appalachian Literature (3)
    • HIS 5208: Readings Seminar in Appalachian History (3)
    • HIS 5209: Research Seminar in Appalachian History (3)
    • REL 5400: Religion in Appalachia (3)
    • PS 5130: Appalachian Political Perspectives (3)
    • SOC 5300: Appalachia in Social Context (3)
15
Elective CoursesA 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)
 
Required Courses
  • AS 5000: Bibliography and Research (3)
  • Choose 3 s.h. of coursework from the list below.
    • AS 5005: Global Appalachia (3)
    • ANT 5120: Appalachian Culture and Social Organization (3)
  • Choose 3 s.h. of coursework from the list below.
    • AS 5040: Documentary Field Research Methods (3)
    • AS 5050: Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • Choose 3 s.h. of coursework from the list below.
    • AS 5900: Internship (3-6)
    • AS 5999: Thesis (3)
12-15
Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Appalachian Culture Area Concentration (Code: 204B)

  • Choose 9 s.h. of coursework from the list below.
    • ENG 5720: Appalachian Literature (3)
    • HIS 5209: Research Seminar in Appalachian History (3)
    • REL 5400: Religion in Appalachia (3)
    • SOC 5300: Appalachia in Social Context (3)

OR
Appalachian Music: Roots and Influences Concentration (Code: 204D)

  • Choose 9 s.h. of coursework from the list below.
    • AS 5015: Old Time Music Traditions (3)
    • AS 5030: Bluegrass Traditions (3)
    • AS 5035: Local Music Traditions (3)
    • ENG 5710: Advanced Folklore (3)

OR
Sustainability in Appalachia Concentration (Code: 204E)

  • Choose 9 s.h. of coursework from the list below.
    • BIO 5508: Biogeography (3)
    • PLN 5470: Community Development (3)
    • TEC 5605: Sustainable Resource Management (3)
    • PS 5130: Appalachian Political Perspectives (3)
9
Electives

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.

  • AS 5025: Pedagogy for Appalachian Studies (3)
  • AS 5060: Community Based Research (3)
  • AS 5110: Ethnographic Field Study (1-6)
  • AS 5530-5549: Selected Topics (3)
  • AS 5998: Thesis Preparation (3)
  • ENG 5640: Cultural Studies (3)
  • ENG 5560: Gender Studies (3)
  • GHY 5100: Seminar in Physical Geography (3)
  • GHY 5130: Seminar in Human Geography (3)
  • GHY 5812: Advanced GIS (3)
  • GHY/PLN 5400: Planning Theory and Process (3)
  • HIS 5206: Readings Seminar in American History (3) when the topic is Country Music and American Culture
  • HIS 5207: Research Seminar in American History (3) when the topic is Country Music and American Culture
  • MBA 5080: Sustainable Business for a Global Economy (3)
  • PA 5270: Non-for-Profit Organizations (3)
  • PA 5271: Grants Strategies and Preparation (3)
  • PS 5670: Advanced Environmental Politics (3)
  • SOC 5110: Advanced Research Methods I (3)
  • SOC 5560: Race and Minority Relations (3)
  • SOC 5750: Social Stratification (3)
  • TEC 5139: Technology and Culture (3)
  • TEC 5606: Sustainable Water and Wastewater Technology (3)
9-15

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

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