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Minor in Appalachian Studies

The Appalachian Studies minor program is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide students with an understanding of the culture, economy, history, natural resources, and politics of the Appalachian region and how these concepts impact and influence current Appalachian communities and their residents.

Students enrolled in the minor will participate in community-based research, civic engagement, and service-learning projects. Applied knowledge and critical thinking skills will serve students beyond the Appalachian and college setting, as they navigate within the community, the state, the nation, and the world.


Campus Availability

Dahlonega Campus

What's in it for me?

When you pursue a minor in Appalachian Studies, you will have opportunities to explore Appalachia’s relationship with the region, nation, and world. You will apply your new knowledge and skills to produce solutions in settings that go beyond the classroom. And, because you are provided with opportunities to lead, collaborate, produce, and design real projects, this program will complement any academic major.

Where do I sign up?

Contact Rosann Kent, Director of the Appalachian Studies Center, and minor advisor and coordinator; she will meet with you to discuss enrollment, requirements for fulfilling the necessary coursework and how the program fits with your future goals. Make an appointment by calling or emailing (706-864-1540, The Center is in the historic Vickery House on the Dahlonega Campus across from Price Memorial Hall (building with the gold steeple).

Who do I contact?

Contact Rosann Kent, Director of the Appalachian Studies Center, at 706-864-1540 or

What is the Appalachian Studies Center?

Part of the College of Education, the Appalachian Studies Center educates students and community about southern Appalachian culture through art, history, music, and nature. The Appalachian Studies Center is a partner with over 40 community organizations. Examples of Center activities include presenting art exhibitions, hosting traditional music jams, assisting with an onsite heirloom garden, and collecting contemporary stories and local memories.

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