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2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Appalachian Studies, Master of Arts

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General Information

Graduate School Contact:

Kimberly Brockman;; 423-439-6165

Ron Roach, Ph.D., Chair
304 Memorial Hall (Brooks Gym)
Box 70435
(423) 439-7494

Roberta T. Herrin, Ph.D.,  Graduate Coordinator

222 Nicks Hall
Box 70556
(423) 439-7997


Roy Andrade, Lee Bidgood, Daniel Boner, Roberta Herrin, Theresa Lloyd, Jane MacMorran, Ted Olson, Fred Sauceman, and additional faculty in other academic units who teach Appalachian-related courses.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to the general admission, retention, and graduation requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:

  • The personal essay (required by the School of Graduate Studies) should address the student’s reasons for choosing an Appalachian studies program;

  • Acceptable GPA (3.0 on a 4.0 scale preferred);

  • GRE scores (students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies may be admitted without the GRE scores);

  • Three letters of recommendation; and

  • A writing sample, such as a paper previously submitted for credit in an undergraduate or graduate course.

A student who completes the Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies may transfer all 18 credits into the Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies (with the approval of the APST graduate coordinator) and will not be required to take the GRE. All transfer credit, however, must meet GPA requirements and must be within the six-year matriculation limit.

Concentrations: 9 credits each

Appalachian Culture and Heritage

Students select 9 credits from the following block.

Electives: 9-15 credits

Nine credits for thesis option, 15 for non-thesis option. (The non-thesis option also requires a comprehensive examination based on a reading list.)

Thesis: 3 credits

Total credits required for program: 30-33

(30 credits for the thesis option and 33 for the non-thesis option)

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