Center for Appalachian Studies, College of Arts and Sciences
Graduate Courses in Appalachian Studies (AS)
William Schumann, Center Director
AS 5000. Bibliography and Research (3).F. Instruction and study in bibliographical problems and types of source materials available in Appalachian topics; methods used in locating and evaluating the sources and in reporting of research. Required in the first semester of beginning graduate students.
AS 5005. Global Appalachia (3).F. Introduces students to comparative mountain studies using the Appalachian Mountains as a focal point. The course places the Appalachian Mountains and Appalachian studies within an international context, considering how mountain cultures, economies, and societies around the world interact with regional, national, and international powers. Students consider how Appalachia compares to and contrasts with other mountain regions.
AS 5015. Old Time Music Traditions (3).F.Alternate years. A multi-cultural study of old time music and its roots, with interdisciplinary approaches from the humanities and social sciences. Lecture three hours. [Dual-listed with AS 4015.]
AS 5020. Colloquium in Appalachian Studies (3).On Demand. A team-taught interdisciplinary colloquium which will examine contemporary regional, state, and national issues that affect the Appalachian region. The course is designed to help students understand the Appalachian region from a multidisciplinary perspective. The course should be taken by the student during the last semester of residence in the program.
AS 5025. Pedagogy for Appalachian Studies (3).S. A course designed for graduate teaching assistants responsible for teaching Appalachian Studies courses. Students will learn strategies for effective teaching in face-to-face, online, and hybrid college classrooms and will develop skills in constructing a syllabus; writing learning objectives; structuring reading and writing assignments; and assessing student outcomes. Participants will be introduced to educational philosophies for college-level teaching, will learn about current issues in the teaching of Appalachian Studies, and will learn how to access teaching resources.
AS 5030. Bluegrass Traditions (3).F. Alternate years. The genesis of bluegrass music from its beginnings to its major redefinition in the mid-1970s. Lecture three hours.
AS 5035. Local Music Traditions (3).S.Alternate years. This seminar explores and defines musical styles related to folk and popular musics in Northwestern North Carolina in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
AS 5040. Documentary Field Research Methods (3).On Demand. This course provides students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of field research in Appalachian Studies. During this course, students will be introduced to the history of documentary as field research and are required to complete a set of writing assignments to demonstrate their understanding of this history. Students will also complete a series of exercises to build their multimedia skills. Students must then use best practices in field research to develop a final project. The expectation is that this final product will connect to thesis research, or become part of a professional presentation or published article. Topics will include oral histories, folklore, and community organizing.
AS 5050. Qualitative Research Methods (3).S. This course trains students in social scientific research methods with an emphasis on qualitative ethnographic research and research design. Course readings survey the research strategies of participant observation, questionnaire design, interview techniques, sampling, ethnographic writing, and research applications in Appalachia. Students will develop ethnographic research projects as part of the course.
AS 5060. Community Based Research (3).F.Alternate years. This course teaches engaged, student-based research with a non-profit and/or local government partner. Students will explore applied research and project management skills in support of the strategic goals of a community-based organization. Course readings and workshops will complement on-site research projects and a public research presentation to project partners and community stakeholders.
AS 5065. Sustainability and the Arts in Appalachia (3).On Demand. This course explores theory and practice in the growing field of sustainability and the arts as it applies to the Appalachian region. Students will study global cultural theory in the fields of ethnomusicology, creative placemaking, and the arts. This theoretical approach will be grounded in participatory projects supporting local cultures.
AS 5110. Ethnographic Field Study (1-6).On Demand. Variable content. Course involves immersion in a field setting either in the U.S. or through study abroad. Topics, approach, and field sites will be indicated on course syllabi and semester schedules. May be repeated for credit when content does not duplicate.
AS 5500. Independent Study (1-3).F;S.
AS 5530-5549. Selected Topics (1-4).On Demand.
AS 5900. Internship (1-6).F;S. Graded on an S/U basis.
AS 5989. Graduate Research (1-9).F;S. This course is designed to provide access to University facilities for continuing graduate research at the master's and specialist's levels. Graded on an S/U basis. AS 5989 does not count toward a degree.
AS 5998. Thesis Preparation (3).F;S. Students complete principal research for a thesis topic, meet regularly with a thesis advisor, and revise and defend the thesis prospectus. Graded on an S/U basis.
AS 5999. Thesis (3-6).F;S. Graded on an SP/UP basis until the thesis has been successfully defended and received final approval, at which time all grades will be changed to S.