Appalachian Studies Minor Program Information
Department of Appalachian Studies
Department Chair: Ron Roach, Ph.D.
222 Nicks Hall
Advisor: Rebecca Fletcher, Ph.D.
215 Nicks Hall
The Appalachian Studies Minor is an 18 credit interdisciplinary program for students who would like to gain a greater appreciation for and understanding of the Appalachian region. This knowledge is useful for people planning to pursue careers in fields such as public health, medicine, teaching, non-profit work, social work, or any endeavor that brings them in contact with people in Appalachia. Majors for which this minor is especially suitable include but are not limited to history, English, sociology, anthropology, bluegrass, old-time, and country music, nursing, public health, social work, and communications.
The minor requires a core of six credits and 12 credits of guided electives. Core courses examine Appalachia’s culture, environment, economy, health and wellness, energy, politics, and other pressing issues both historically and currently. Electives allow students to delve more deeply into the region’s literature, art, music, folklore, religion, flora, fauna, poverty, education, and other topics. Students are required to take courses in at least two different departments. No more than three credits taken as part of the Appalachian Studies minor may be counted toward a major in any field. Because courses may be selected from several different departments, students are encouraged to meet with the faculty advisor for the Appalachian Studies Minor for advisement regarding class sequences and frequency of offerings and to design a thematic course grouping that suits their personal interests.
Students wishing to explore the Scottish and Irish heritage of the Appalachian region, or who are interested in the summer study abroad experience in Scotland and Ireland, should consult with Dr. Jane MacMorran, director of the Appalachian, Scottish and Irish Studies program (423) 439-7992, firstname.lastname@example.org.