Appalachian Studies Program Director: Dr. Eric Lassiter
Graduate Humanities Program

Program Overview:
The Graduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies requires 18 hours of course credit. The Certificate will provide students with a variety of backgrounds with the opportunity for advanced interdisciplinary study related to Appalachia.

Program Highlights:

  • The curriculum is flexible enough to allow students to focus on an area of interest.
  • Students have the opportunity to engage in collaborative research and field investigations.
  • Students have the opportunity to use primary documents and local resources.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure:

Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, the following information is provided to prospective students seeking only the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help them make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree.  NOTE: Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC is linked to the occupational profile on O*NET, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.

Intended Occupation for Certificate Holders Standard Occupation Code
Archivists 25-4011
History Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1125
Librarians 25-4021
Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary 25-1062


Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters.

Cost of books and supplies (estimate): $500

Admission Requirements: An undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5.

Curriculum: 6 courses /18 credits
CULS 611 Appalachian Studies: Themes and Voices 3
CULS 612 Time and Place in Appalachia 3
HUMN 680 Independent Research Symposium 3
Choose Electives (3 courseses-9 hrs.) 9


How to apply:

  • Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the Appalachian Studies Certificate on the application form.
  • Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website.
  • Students enrolled in any advanced degree program at Marshall University who wish to earn the certificate simultaneously can apply easily by submitting a Secondary Program Request form:

Deadline for Application:
December 1 (Spring semester);
August 1 (Fall Semester);
May 1 (Summer)