Appalachian Studies

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

At the graduate level, we create 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.

Accelerated Admission

Accelerated Admission to the Appalachian studies MA program for App State students

The Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Study offers a program entitled "Accelerated Admission: Baccalaureate to Master's," which recruits exceptional undergraduate students currently pursuing a degree at Appalachian State University to enroll in graduate courses during their senior year. These graduate courses may fulfill both undergraduate and graduate course requirements for both a bachelor's and a graduate degree. Using "Accelerated Admission," a graduate program director may nominate a rising senior (i.e., a student in the second semester of the junior year) or current senior to take graduate coursework during that student's senior year. 

Global Curriculum in Appalachian Studies

Mountain-to-mountain pedagogy, scholarship, and exchanges are cornerstones of the Appalachian Studies Academic Program and central to its partnership with the Center for Appalachian Studies.

Upcoming Event

Global Roots of Appalachian Mountain Dance Symposium 

The Global Roots of Appalachian Mountain Dance Symposium is a three-day event sponsored by the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University in spring 2022. Free and open to the public, the symposium will include:

  • performances, 
  • workshops, 
  • jams, 
  • film screenings and discussion, 
  • lecture demonstrations, 
  • a keynote panel and 
  • social dances of the diverse traditions that make up the global roots of Appalachian dance.

These include West African, Afro-Caribbean, Cherokee, and Irish dance traditions. Additionally, Appalachian dance traditions, such as flatfooting and buckdancing, and their close “cousins,” such as tapping and stepping, will be featured to highlight the different directions that these roots took off. 

For more information or to get involved, please email Dr. Julie Shepherd-Powell at shepherdpowellja@appstate.edu.

News & Events

Dr. Katherine Ledford. Photo Submitted

Dr. Katherine Ledford recognized with 2020 Clark Medallion Book Award

Dr. Katherine Ledford, professor in the University’s Appalachian studies program, received the 2020 Clark Medallion Book Award for her book titled ...

Laura Johnston ’99, ’19 in Alberta, Canada while on a trip partially funded by a College of Arts and Sciences SAFE grant. Photo submitted.

SAFE Grant Student Spotlight: Laura Johnston ’99, ’19, Appalachian Studies

Laura Johnston was a graduate student from Deep Gap, N.C. Two time Student and Faculty Excellence (SAFE) fund recipient Projects: ...

Dr. Jessica Martell is an assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and an affiliate faculty member of the Center for Appalachian Studies.

CAS Zoomer Series: Contested Cuisines - Southern and Appalachian Foodways

In this presentation, Dr. Jessica Martell and Dr. Zackary Vernon will examine the dynamic foodways of Appalachia and the U.S. South. While s...

Appalachian alumna Robyn Seamon ’11 ’18, who holds a B.S. in nursing and an M.S. in Appalachian studies from Appalachian. She owns Appalachian Healthcare Training and Consulting, through which she provides cultural sensitivity training to health care providers in the Southern Appalachian region. Photo submitted

App State alumna helps the medical community understand Appalachian culture

When Robyn Seamon ’11 ’18 enrolled at Appalachian State University to pursue a B.S. in nursing (RN–BSN) degree after years of working ...