Appalachian Studies, Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

Students may pursue the graduate certificate in Appalachian Studies while enrolled in the Humanities M.A. program or as a certificate-only student. Students already enrolled in the M.A. degree program should submit to Graduate Admissions a Secondary Program Request form:

Applicants interested in the certificate-only program should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select on the application form the Certificate in Appalachian Studies. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Plan of Study

Course Requirements

  • Interdisciplinary Core Classes (3 hours). Choose One:
    • CULS 611 Appal Std: Themes & Voices Orients students to the significant political, social, and cultural issues and research in Appalachian studies.
    • CULS 612 Time & Place in Appalachia Examines the importance of geography, topography, and geology to the history and development of the Appalachian region.
  • Electives (9 hours)
    Students may take a broad range of rotating and Special Topics courses. Examples include:
    • Appalachian Cultures
    • Appalachian Archaeology
    • Geography of Appalachia
    • West Virginia History
    • First Peoples of Appalachia
    • Images of Appalachia
    • Religious Traditions in Appalachia
    • Ethnic History of West Virginia
    • Coal Mine Life, Work and Culture
    • Sociology of Appalachia
    • Appalachian Writers - 20th C.
  • Capstone Experience (3 hours) HUMN 680 Independent Research Symposium
    This research colloquium affords students the opportunity to complete independent research or field work under the guidance of faculty mentors teaching in the certificate program. Seminar meetings allow students to share research and examine issues arising from the research.