Appalachian Studies Minor


Coordinator: Brian D. McKnight

A minor in Appalachian Studies is available to give students an opportunity to explore the past, present, and future of the Appalachian region in order to understand and celebrate those aspects that are unique or special, and to fit the region into the broader context of the nation and world. Effective leadership for the future of the Appalachian region as a viable environment and culture will come from those who understand the potential and the limitations of the region.

Students may develop a minor in consultation with the Appalachian Studies coordinator and the advisor of the academic major, using the following guidelines:

I.     Adherence to the college policy on minors (page 96) requiring 18 semester hours at least 12 of which must be 3000 level and above. Courses applied to requirements for a major may not be applied to a minor.

II.    Courses chosen should provide a coherent approach to a well-defined educational objective. Focus may be on specific areas, such as art, literature, natural history, political philosophy, sociology, or a combination of these.

III.  The program must be realistic in terms of course availability, staff, and library resources.

IV.  Courses used for the minor normally should be chosen from the following list. Other courses, including special topics, independent studies, and studio projects, may be approved if they can be justified as consistent with student’s specific goals. New courses appropriate for this minor may be developed and added to this list.

       BIO 3270: Invertebrate Zoology

       BIO 3250: Local Flora

       BIO 3240: Evolutionary Morphology of Plants

       BIO 3510: Natural History of the Appalachians

       ENG 3010: Appalachian Prose and Poetry

       GLG 3010: Historical Geology

       HIS 3740/4740: Appalachia

       HIS 3750/4750: Local History/Appalachian Studies

       HUM 1100: Introduction to Appalachia

       MUS 1127/3127:  Bluegrass Ensemble

       PHI 3150: Art and Culture

       PHI 3200: Environmental Ethics

       SOC 3750: Environmental Sociology

       THT 3950: Special Topics: Storytelling