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Department of Appalachian Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Appalachian Studies at
East Tennessee State University


The Department of Appalachian Studies at ETSU is the only Academic department of its kind in the United States.  It extends the mission of the Center of Excellence in Appalachian Studies and Services, which has existed since 1984.  Though one third of the state of Tennessee falls within the Appalachian region, ETSU is the only four-year institution in the state whose mission is to serve the Appalachian region.  ETSU embraces its regional setting and proudly reflects its traditional roots and Appalachian heritage.  ETSU's location in the heart of Appalachia positions it to capitalize on the region as a laboratory for research, service learning, active community work, and building collections.  The Department, along with the Center, provides a centralized unit for developing degrees and certificates, promoting research, and extending the service mission of ETSU.

The Department, established in 2008, houses the Bachelor of Arts in Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies, along with three minors — Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music; Appalachian Studies;  and Environmental Studies.  The Department is also home to the study-abroad program in Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish Studies (ASIS). 

In addition to its undergraduate programs, the Department offers a Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies and a Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies, which is a natural fit for ETSU, with its strong history of service to Appalachia and a mission that embraces its Southern Appalachian identity and setting.

We thank you for taking the time to visit the Department of Appalachian Studies website.



Ron Roach, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Appalachian Studies

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