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

Dave Wood, Graduate Program Director and Lecturer
wooddh@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
    • Culture and Music (204F)
    • Sustainability in Appalachia (204E)
  • Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies (200A/05.0199)
  • Graduate Minor in Appalachian Studies (203/05.0199)

The 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. The concentration also 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 meet the 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)
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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): 36
 
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)
    • ANT 5140: Qualitative Research Methods (3)
  • Choose 3 s.h. of coursework from the list below.
    • AS 5900: Internship (3)
    • AS 5999: Thesis (3)
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Concentration (CHOOSE ONE)

Culture and Music Concentration (Code: 204F)

  • Choose 15 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)
    • 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
Sustainability in Appalachia Concentration (Code: 204E)

  • Choose 15 s.h. of coursework from the list below.
    • ANT 5200: Sustainable Development: Theory, Method, and Case (3)
    • AS 5060: Community-Based Research (3)
    • AS 5065: Sustainability and the Arts in Appalachia (3)
    • BIO 5508: Biogeography (3)
    • PLN 5470: Community Development (3)
    • PS 5130: Appalachian Political Perspectives (3)
    • TEC 5605: Sustainable Resource Management (3)
15
Electives

Choose 9 s.h. of interdisciplinary coursework from the list below or from the courses listed above with the approval of the advisor. Other courses with related topics from other departments, such as those in Anthropology, Appalachian Studies, Business, English, Geography, History, Planning, Public Administration, and Technology may be selected with permission of the advisor.

Methods and Applications

  • AS 5025: Pedagogy for Appalachian Studies (3)
  • AS 5998: Thesis Preparation (3)
  • ENG 5520: Technical Writing (3)
  • GHY 5812: Advanced GIS (3)
  • PA 5271: Grants Strategies and Preparation (3)

Human Interactions

  • AS 5110: Ethnographic Field Study (1-6)
  • ENG 5640: Cultural Studies (3)
  • ENG 5560: Gender Studies (3)
  • GHY 5130: Seminar in Human Geography (3)
  • SOC 5560: Race and Minority Relations (3)
  • SOC 5750: Social Stratification (3)
  • TEC 5139: Technology and Culture (3)

Environment and Institutions

  • GHY 5100: Seminar in Physical Geography (3)
  • GHY/PLN 5400: Planning Theory and Process (3)
  • MBA 5080: Sustainable Business for a Global Economy (3)
  • PA 5270: Not-for-Profit Organizations (3)
  • PS 5670: Advanced Environmental Politics (3)
  • TEC 5606: Sustainable Water and Wastewater Technology (3)
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Other Requirements for the Master of Arts:

  • Thesis: Optional
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • 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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