The Appalachian Studies Program provides students with an understanding of the heritage, environment, and culture of the Appalachian region. Appalachian life of the past and present is stressed. Students who plan to live and work within the Appalachian region will find the Appalachian Studies minor a valuable addition to their major fields of study. The academic program is supported by the Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center, located in Buchanan House, where faculty and support personnel are available to assist student research. The center houses an archive of original field projects, a collection of journals, books, and other print materials, and a collection of audio and video recordings. The academic program is also supplemented by cultural activities such as folk life programs, concerts, and literary readings that are sponsored by the ARRSC and/or the Appalachian Events Committee, a student/faculty/staff group.