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Center for Appalachian Studies


The Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement focuses on scholarship which enables students to research Appalachian history and tradition and offers experiential opportunities to explore and celebrate contemporary Appalachian culture. The Center sponsors a variety of speakers, events, and trips which allow students to engage in meaningful ways with their communities.  

Founded in 2010, the Center makes its home in the historic Stephens house on Highway 76 in the heart of Young Harris. Here, classes as well as student groups meet regularly, and the building provides faculty offices for the director of the Center, the YHC SOLE program, the Appalachian Studies minor, and the Department of Religion and Philosophy.


The Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement values the interrelationship between place, ethics, citizenship, sustainability and transformative engagement. It is the aim of the Center that participants will be challenged to explore their personal and collective responsibilities as citizens committed to the creation of a sustainable, just and caring society. These values inform the Center’s initiatives as it carries out its mission.


The Center for Appalachian Studies and Community Engagement enacts its mission, commitments and values through initiatives in the following areas: Appalachian Studies, Community Engagement, Social Justice and Sustainability. As the Center develops, programs will be expanded in each of these initiatives. Find out more about current initiatives.