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Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies

Department of Appalachian Studies

The following requirements are in addition to the general admission, retention, and graduation requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:

  • The personal essay (required by the School of Graduate Studies) should address the student's reasons for choosing an Appalachian studies program;
  • Acceptable GPA (3.0 on a 4.0 scale preferred);
  • GRE scores (students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies may be admitted without the GRE scores);
  • Three letters of recommendation;
  • A writing sample, such as a paper previously submitted for credit in an undergraduate or graduate course.

A student who completes the Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies may transfer all 18 credits into the Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies (with the approval of the APST graduate coordinator) and will not be required to take the GRE. All transfer credit, however, must meet GPA requirements and must be within the six-year matriculation limit.

 MAJOR FIELD CORE:  9 Credit Hours

APST 5250 - Readings in Appalachian Studies (3 credits)
APST 5260 - Contemporary Appalachia and Globalism (3 credits)                                                                APST 5950 - Research Methods in Appalachian Studies (3 credits)


CONCENTRATIONS:  9 Credits each


     Appalachian Culture and Heritage

Students select 9 credits from the following block.

APST 5150 - Seminar in Appalachia and Religion (3 credits)
APST 5180 - Seminar in Art and Appalachia (3 credits)
APST 5670 - Ethnomusicology (3 credits)
APST 5907 - Foodways of Appalachia (3 credits)
* HIST 5010 - Studies in United States History (3 credits) (when the topic is AppalachianHistoy)


     Appalachian Communities

Students select 9 credits from the following block:

APST 5690 - Documenting Community Traditions (3 credits)
APST 5997 - Current Issues in Appalachian Studies (3 credits)
COBH 5135 - Rural Health Projects (3 credits)
COBH 5200 - Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)
ECON 5447 - Urban and Regional Economics (3 credits)
MGMT 5640 - Innovative Entrepreneurialship (3 credits)


ELECTIVES: 9-15 credits

Nine credits for thesis option, 15 for non-thesis option. (The non-thesis option also requires a comprehensive examination based on a reading list.)

* APST 5237 - Scots-Irish in Appalachia (3-6 credits)
* APST 5337 - Appalachia in Scotland (3-6 credits)
APST 5567 - Scottish Ethnology (3 credits)
APST 5905 - Internship (3 credits)
APST 5957 - Special Topics in Appalachian Studies (1-3 credits)
BIOL 5247 - Appalachian Flora (3 credits)
BIOL 5257 - Appalachian Fauna (3 credits)
BLUE 5147 - Bluegrass and America's Music (3 credits)
BLUE 5257 - Band Leadership Skills (4 credits)
** BLUE 5410 - Individual Instrumental Instruction (1-3 credits) (may be repeated for credit)
** BLUE 5510 - Graduate Ensemble (1-3 credits) (may be repeated for credit)
BLUE 5957 - Special Topics (1-6 credits)
ENGL 5137 - Dialectology (3 credits)
ENGL 5217 - Irish/Scottish Literature (3 credits)
ENGL 5670 - Seminar in Folklore (3 credits) (when the topic is Appalachian)

*   Between these two courses, a maximum of 3 credits can be counted toward the degree
** A maximum of 6 BLUE credits can be counted toward the degree.

Students will select electives in consultation with the APST graduate program coordinator. Courses listed in but not counted toward a concentration may be counted as electives, along with other seminars, independent studies, topics/studies in courses, and problems courses, including 5956 summer offerings when the topic is Appalachian and with the approval of the graduate program coordinator.


THESIS:  3 Credits

APST 5960 - Thesis (1-3 credits)

Total credits required for program: 30-33

(30 credits for the thesis option and 33 for the non-thesis option)

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