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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Appalachian Studies Minor

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Appalachian Studies Minor Program Information

Department of Appalachian Studies

Department Chair: Ron Roach, Ph.D.
222 Nicks Hall
Box 70556
(423) 439-7494
e-mail: roachr@etsu.edu

Advisor: Rebecca Fletcher, Ph.D.
215 Nicks Hall
Box 70556
(423) 439-7994
e-mail: fletcherra1@etsu.edu

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, macmorra@etsu.edu.

Appalachian Studies Minor: 18 credits

At least 9 credits must be at the 3000-level or above.

Advisor Approved Electives: 12 credits

Choose 12 credits from the following:


* Between these two courses, no more than six credits can count toward the minor.
** No more than six credits of BLUE can count toward the Appalachian Studies minor.

Other seminars, independent studies, topics courses, and problems courses, including 4956 summer offerings, may be counted toward the minor when the topic is Appalachian (must have approval of the chair or the APST advisor).

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