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Appalachian Studies

Appalachian Studies

Discover the unique history and culture of our region. This versatile certificate program can lead to further studies in science, communications, writing, music and more.

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What is Appalachian Studies?

The Appalachian Studies certificate will provide students a wide variety of academic directions to follow. The key components for each option, Humanities 202, 203, and 204, will form the core for the Appalachian Studies certificate and will provide a basic overview of all aspects of Appalachian studies. Given this core, students can then select a more focused aspect of Appalachian culture to study.

Career Path

ACTCs Appalachian Studies Certificate is meant to augment career paths in Communications, Creative Writing, Music, Social Science, and Science, thereby making the successful graduate particularly marketable to employers in the Appalachian region.

Admission Requirements

There are no special admission requirements for this program.

What are my degree, diploma, or certificate options?


Certificate Options

  • Communication Option
  • Creative Writing Option
  • Music Option
  • Science Option
  • Social Science Option

Additional Information

Appalachian Studies: 9 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Appalachian Studies- Communication Track: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Appalachian Studies- Creative Writing Track: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Appalachian Studies- Music Track: 12 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Appalachian Studies- Social Science Track: 15 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS
Appalachian Studies- Science Track: 16 TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

Length of Program

You can earn an associate in applied science degree in two years if you maintain full-time status.

This information should not be considered a substitute for the KCTCS Catalog. You should always choose classes in cooperation with your faculty advisor to ensure that you meet all degree requirements.

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Program Contact

Laura L. Tussey, M.A.

Appalachian Studies

Associate Professor, Humanities Division