Interdisciplinary : Minor in Appalachian Studies

Coordinator: David L. Rouse

A minor in Appalachian Studies is available to give students an opportunity to explore the natural history, cultural history and future of the Appalachian Region in order to understand and celebrate those aspects that are unique of 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 requiring 18 semester hours at least 12 of which must be 300 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 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 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.

BIOL 331 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 335 Local Flora
BIOL 336 Evolutionary Morphology of Plants
BIOL 380 Natural History of the Appalachians
ENGL 393 Appalachian Prose and Poetry
GEOL 102 Historical Geology
HIST 393/492 Local History/Appalachian Studies
HIST 389/489 Appalachia
PHIL 310 Contemporary Moral Problems
PSYC 300 Psychology of Gender
SOCI 375 Environmental Sociology
SOCI 381/382 Appalachian Seminar
THTR 395 Special Topics: Storytelling