The Center for Appalachian Studies, an interdisciplinary program of the College of Arts and Sciences at Appalachian State University, was established in 1978 to coordinate and promote academic programs, public programs, and research activities on the Appalachian Mountain region. Built on the good work of generations of Appalachian scholars, including folklorist Amos Abrams and Cratis Williams, considered the father of Appalachian studies, the Center works to illuminate and sustain the region's rich history, cultures, communities, and ecology.
On March 12, 2019, the Center for Appalachian Studies, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Office of International Education and Development , brought together mountain studies scholars from Austria, France, Scotland, Switzerland, and Wales. They joined Appalachian State faculty and students for a one-day scholarly exchange of research about the Appalachian Mountains and other mountains around the world. The symposium concluded with an evening reading of Appalachian literature; performances of traditional music and dance; and a square dance. To learn more about the day's events, click on this block.
Appalachian Journal, founded in 1972, is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed quarterly featuring field research, interviews, and other scholarly studies of history, politics, economics, culture, folklore, literature, music, ecology, and a variety of other topics, as well as poetry and reviews of books, films, and recordings dealing with the region of the Appalachian mountains.
A repository with more than 44,000 volumes of books, over 200 periodical subscriptions, 8,000 sound recordings, and 1,500 videos and DVDs related to the Southern uplands, with strengths in the social sciences, regional history, folklore, music, religion, genealogy, fiction, and African and Native Appalachia. (Image: “Black Jack Davy” transcribed by I. G. Greer. AC.113: I.G. Greer Papers and Recordings)
Appalachian State University offers a Master's degree in Appalachian studies with concentrations in (1) sustainability in Appalachia or (2) culture and music. We also offer an on-campus Graduate Certificate, an online Graduate Certificate, a Graduate Minor in Appalachian studies, and undergraduate minors in Appalachian studies and Appalachian music. Learn more at the Appalachian Studies Academic Programs site.
Last spring (2018) multiple departments at Appalachian State University collaborated with area museums and other venues to host exhibits, lectures and workshops to create a Black Mountain College Semester highlighting the importance of Black Mountain College’s influence within the Appalachian region’s creative, educational and political movements.