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Innovative Program and Points of Excellence

• The Global Appalachia and Celtic Roots program allows graduates to study or travel in lieu of required electives, with the option of using the graduate certificate (the first module of the MA) to complete in one semester of study abroad the MA in Creative Media Studies at the University of the West of Scotland (UWS), Shepherd’s partner in graduate studies. Graduate students taking this option come away with two graduate degrees, the Shepherd University APST MA and the UWS MA in Creative Media Studies.

• A dedicated and professional faculty to assist graduate students in achieving their academic, career, and creative goals, while understanding the complex story of the Appalachian region, key to achieving success in any field

• Practical and professional experiences built into APST curricular programs to facilitate student professionalism, including student publication and conference presentation engendering professional growth.

• Flexible and adaptive pathways that allow students to pursue their individual interests while finding an expression of those interests in the working world and achieving a global habit of mind.

• Programs of excellence that inspire and engage Shepherd University students, including National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Teacher Institutes, WV Fiction Competition and Common Read Program, an international annual anthology, and the Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence program that brings world class writers to Shepherd University and the State, to work with and inspire graduate students: Nikki Giovanni, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Charles Frazier, Ron Rash, Denise Giardina, Dorothy Allison, Barbara Kingsolver, and Silas House among others.