Course Descriptions

Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies

An interdisciplinary graduate program offering cross-cultural learning and applied career training through engaged research, internships, outreach and classroom-based programming. The MA program partners with the Center for Appalachian Studies, a regionally recognized hub of learning on the Appalachian Mountain region whose resources include the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection and the peer-reviewed Appalachian Journal. Students in the MA program choose between two concentrations:

  1. Appalachian Culture and Music Concentration: The Appalachian 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.
  2. Sustainability in Appalachia Concentration: The Sustainability in Appalachia concentration is based on applied research and interdisciplinary course work spanning social and natural sciences as well as the humanities. It provides a foundation for students to meet the needs of present generations without compromising future generations, giving students the skills and knowledge to develop sustainable solutions for peoples and environments threatened by unsustainable practices not only in Appalachia, but also on the national and international levels.

Courses on Appalachia

Other departments offer undergraduate and graduate courses focusing on Appalachia including but not limited to:

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • English
  • Government and Justice Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Sociology

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