Appalachian Studies Degree Programs
Programs of Study
NEW FOR FALL 2021! Interdisciplinary Appalachian Studies BA/BS Degree
This creative and flexible interdisciplinary Appalachian Studies degree focuses on the culture, environment, leisure industries, and business entrepreneurship of the region for those students who may wish to remain, work, teach, serve in, or write about the state or region after graduation. While the B.A. in Appalachian Studies is ideally suited for students who may choose to continue graduate studies, pursue a law degree or MAT teaching certification, the B.S. in Appalachian Studies, with its second minor and no language requirement, is appropriate for students moving directly into positions of leadership or professions in the community. Both liberal arts degree tracks have the flexibility to prepare students for problem solving, innovation, understanding the region and the ever-changing and evolving working world of today. Apply online.
graduate Certificate Study at Shepherd University
The Appalachian Studies Certificate is a non-degree, 15-hour program composed of an introductory foundation course (APST 501, Appalachia in Time, Place, and People), a graduate capstone research experience (RESR 601, Independent Research Seminar), and 9 hours of electives from an interdisciplinary selection that can be tailored to meet individual education goals. Graduate Studies Online Application
Appalachia and the Appalachian Studies Program at Shepherd University
Parts of twelve states lie within the region known as Appalachia, some 200,000 square miles which rest within the contour of the Appalachian Mountains, stretching from New York and Pennsylvania to Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi. While there is surprising diversity among the people of Appalachia (German, Italian, African American, Native American, and others in addition to Scot-Irish), defying traditional Appalachian stereotypes, the 23 million people who live in Appalachia are dependent upon an economy that has traditionally been limited in diversity. The area is rich in natural resources that principally feed the economy: coal, timber, gas, manufacturing and tourism. The Appalachian Studies Program, which includes an undergraduate minor, the Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence Project, the WV Fiction Competition, a fall Appalachian Heritage Festival, an annual Anthology of Appalachian Writers (ISSN 1946-3103), and an annual NEH Summer Seminar for Teachers, is committed to an understanding of the region, and its historical, environmental, social, and literary richness.