About the Department

Berea Students Enjoy Misty Mountain View from the Pinnacles

Appalachian Studies is a multidisciplinary program examining various aspects of Appalachia:

  • the places,
  • the cultures,
  • the experiences,
  • the constructs and
  • even comparison with other highland regions around the world.

Berea regularly offers course work exploring:

  • literature,
  • health issues,
  • crafts,
  • sustainability,
  • entrepreneurship,
  • contemporary issues,
  • art,
  • gender and
  • race in the region.

Appalachian Studies Minor and Major

An Appalachian Studies minor is available and will complement and enrich any major program at the College. Berea students may also pursue an Independent Major in Appalachian Studies. This falls under the guidance of the Appalachian Studies Director, Dr. Chris Green.

One former coordinator of APS said: “What can you do with an Appalachian Studies minor or major? Anything you want to!” It’s true. Our graduates are working in:

  • community development,
  • education,
  • social services,
  • advocacy and
  • community organizing throughout the region and across the country.

Talk to Dr. Green about your future in Appalachian Studies.

Students form the word "Berea" using their shadows on the mountainside

The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Students in the Appalachian Center

Appalachian Studies in headquartered in the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. The Center is on the first floor of Stephenson Hall. In the Appalachian Center you can find, not just a field of study, but a home. We have:

  • faculty offices,
  • a gallery,
  • regular programming,
  • a research library,
  • rocking chairs,
  • cafe tables,
  • our Dolly Parton pinball machine set on free play and
  • a place to chill.

Students are always welcome and just might find a cup of coffee or other goodies.

2013 Pinball Tournament winner






Dr. Green presents a certificate to the winner of our 2013 pinball tournament

Visit the site of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center. Better yet, stop in to talk to us. Learn much more of Berea’s commitment, curriculum and programs related to Appalachia.