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Appalachian Studies Center

Welcome to the state's official center for the study of Appalachia as designated by the Georgia General Assembly in 2005. 

The University of North Georgia provides a unique opportunity for students to discover the arts, history, music and nature of Southern Appalachia through community engagement, service learning, undergraduate research and creative activities. The center is located on the Dahlonega Campus across the street from Price Memorial Hall in the Historic Vickery House.

Minor in Appalachian Studies

The University of North Georgia is also the first university in the state to offer a minor in Appalachian Studies.

This multidisciplinary minor provides students with an understanding of the culture, economy, history, natural resources, and politics of Appalachia and how these concepts impact and influence contemporary Appalachian communities.

vickey house with rainbow by michael marling de cuellar
The Historic Vickery House Headquarters of the Appalachian Studies Center Photo by Michael Marling de Cuellar


 To be an active and vibrant learning environment, providing innovative opportunities for student scholarship and service.


To educate students about southern Appalachia's art, history, music, and nature through community service learning, undergraduate research and creative activities.


  • STEWARDSHIP - To preserve and share Appalachian culture
  • SCHOLARSHIP - To provide a significant academic presence
  • SERVICE - To serve the Appalachian region as a credible, visible and viable resource
  • DIVERSITY - To recognize and honor diversity by encouraging the participation of all Appalachian residents
  • PARTNERSHIP - To collaborate with the greater Appalachian community

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