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.

For Appalachian State University’s Black Mountain College (BMC) Semester in spring 2018, multiple departments across the university are collaborating with area museums and other venues to host exhibits, lectures and workshops that will highlight the importance of BMC’s influence within the Appalachian region’s creative, educational and political movements.

Academic Programs

Laura Brookshire, Appalachian Studies alum and Farm Aid program coordinatior

Appalachian State offers graduate degrees in Appalachian Studies with concentrations in Sustainability, Culture, and Music, an on-campus Graduate Certificate and Graduate Minor in Appalachian Studies, and undergraduate minors in Appalachian Studies and Appalachian Music: Roots and Influences. Learn more at the Appalachian Studies Academic Programs site.

Center Highlights

Director Tom Hansell and cinematographer Suzanne Clouzeau interview entrepreneur Geraint Lewis in the Dulais Valley of South Wales.

Documentary ‘After Coal’ premieres in U.S. and U.K. film festivals

Five years in the making, the documentary "After Coal" – which profiles individuals creating sustainable communities as central Appalachia and South...

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Center for Appalachian Studies receives grant to develop classroom materials focused on region’s musical heritage

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has awarded $7,000 to the Center for Appalachian Studies at Appalachian State University to develop ...

Appalachian Journal

Appalachian Journal

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.

W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection

W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection

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)