Sep 22, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog

Appalachian Studies, Graduate Certificate*

General Program Information

Ron Roach, Ph.D., Department Chair
222 Nicks Hall
Box 70556
(423) 439-7494

Lee Bidgood, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
304C Memorial Hall (Brooks Gym)
Box 70435
(423) 439-9594

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.

Articulation Agreements

A student who completes the 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.

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. 

Admission Requirements

The following requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies are in addition to the general admission requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:

  1. 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).

  2. 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. 

Appalachian Studies, Graduate Certificate Requirements: 18 credits

Required Courses 3 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 15 credits
TOTAL 18 credits

Required Courses: 3 credits

Gainful Employment

*This is a Gainful Employment Program. For information about Gainful Employment programs, please see