Regional Studies Program

Regional Stream
Regional Studies students shocking fish for stream monitoring

It is through place that we put out roots, wherever birth, chance, fate or our traveling selves set us down. - Eudora Welty

Regionalism is a paradigm for developing a holistic understanding of a place and its people. By geography and commitment, Mars Hill University is a Southern Appalachian educational institution. For more than 140 years it has served the people of the South and the Southern Blue Ridge. As one expression of its commitment, the Regional Studies Program is designed to foster an understanding of the history, culture and environment of the region. Mars Hill University is uniquely situated to explore regionalism as the interdisciplinary study of place.

This program offers a Regional Studies Minor for students interested in learning the skills necessary for the holistic study of a given place. The minor includes courses in the arts, humanities, and sciences. Resources that support this program are coordinated through the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies located in Renfro Library on the Mars Hill University campus.

Regional Mountains
Overlooking the Toe River Watershed from Mt. Mitchell

Faculty and staff developed this approach to regional study under a National Endowment for the Humanities Focus Grant entitled "Rethinking Regionalism" in 2002/2003. The grant supported a series of seminars on the value of regionalism for teaching and learning. The project included discussions based on current readings, visits by two scholarly consultants, a workshop with community partners, and revisions of the Regional Studies curriculum.

For more information about the Regional Studies Program or the Regional Studies Minor, contact Dr. Ethan Mannon, Regional Studies Program Coordinator, Campus Box 6723, Mars Hill University, Mars Hill NC 28754; 828-689-1189,