ETSU offers new graduate-level concentration in Regional and Community Studies

East Tennessee State University’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program now includes a concentration in Regional and Community Studies.

Students choosing the new option may explore the history, heritage, problems and potentials of Appalachia and the American South, as well as other communities and regions. They will gain knowledge to support the quality of life in various localities and to foster the development of communities and neighborhoods.

The MALS program allows students to design their own multi-disciplinary curriculum, and they may choose an elective track in Appalachian and Southern Studies, Community Studies or Hispanic Community Studies.

Graduates of the program would be qualified for employment in not-for-profit organizations that serve community needs, national and international human service agencies, community service organizations and chambers of commerce, as well as in various federal, state and local agencies. The master’s degree would also serve as a step toward various doctoral and professional programs.

For more information, contact Dr. Jill Leroy-Frazier at or Dr. Marie Tedesco at or visit


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