Department of Appalachian Studies
Department Chair: Ron Roach, Ph.D.
222 Nicks Hall
Graduate Coordinator: Lee Bidgood, Ph.D.
304C Memorial Hall (Brooks Gym)
Faculty: Roy Andrade; Lee Bidgood; Daniel Boner; Rebecca Fletcher; Jane MacMorran; Nate Olson; Ted Olson; Ron Roach; Fred Sauceman; and additional faculty in other academic units who teach Appalachian-related courses.
The Department of Appalachian Studies offers an interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies, which features a wide array of courses in the history, culture, and complexity of the Appalachian region, including art, religion, literature, music, community development, health and wellness, energy, education, economics, dialect, and foodways.
The following requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies are in addition to the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A student whose GPA is lower than 3.0 may request an interview and may be asked to complete an extemporaneous writing sample (in addition to the formal writing sample below).
A formal writing sample, such as a paper previously submitted for credit in an undergraduate or graduate course.
A student who wishes to pursue an ETSU master’s degree concurrently with the certificate must also apply and be admitted to the degree program. A student who completes the Certificate in Appalachian Studies and later wishes to pursue the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies may transfer up to 15 credits into the MALS program, with the approval of the MALS director. A student who completes the Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies and later wishes to pursue the Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies may transfer all 18 credits into the master’s program (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.