Jul 13, 2024  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies


Mark Nunes, Chair

Appalachian Studies


Julie Shepherd-Powell, Graduate Program Director

Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies


Sushmita Chatterjee, Program Director

Appalachian’s Master of Arts program in Appalachian Studies is an interdisciplinary program offering cross-cultural learning and applied career training through engaged research, internships, outreach and classroom-based programming. It is housed in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, and supported by the Center for Appalachian Studies, a regionally recognized hub of learning on the Appalachian region whose resources include the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection and the peer-reviewed Appalachian Journal.

Students will choose from one of two concentrations:

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. Provides instruction and opportunities for scholarship on the varieties of music traditions that intersect in the southern Appalachian region.

Sustainability in Appalachia Concentration - Emphasizes applied research and interdisciplinary course work spanning the social and natural sciences as well as the humanities. It provides a foundation for those students who seek to develop the means for meeting the legitimate needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. For students interested in Appalachian and other highland and rural peoples, as well as other peoples threatened by the results of unsustainable practices and patterns, this course of study provides the background in the search for sustainable solutions.

The Graduate Certificate (non-degree) program in Appalachian Studies is designed for students, scholars, professionals and newcomers to the area interested in gaining sophisticated knowledge of the region and of the analyses and interpretations of the region by scholars and writers.

This certificate program will be useful to regional citizens and professionals working in community and regional services - including government, business, travel and tourism, and cultural programming. It is designed to enhance the ability to work in a professional and culturally informed way in addressing local and regional issues; to deepen understanding of and adjustment to the region in which candidates live and work; and to refine skills at conducting research on a wide range of topics. For educators, this program will facilitate the integration of Appalachian Studies components in their curricula (elementary, secondary and higher education).

The Graduate Certificate (12 hours) and Graduate Minor (9 hours) in Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies are designed for students who seek training at the graduate level in gender, women’s, and/or sexuality studies and formal recognition for completing this training successfully. Both programs of study take an interdisciplinary approach to questions of power, knowledge and social justice. They are generally pursued in addition to a master’s degree in another area to provide evidence of additional specialization.



    Master of ArtsGraduate CertificateGraduate Minor


      Appalachian StudiesGender, Women’s & Sexuality StudiesInterdisciplinary Studies