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The Appalachian Studies Program provides students with an understanding of the heritage, environment, and culture of the Appalachian region. Students critique and analyze the political, social, and environmental economies and institutions of Appalachia, as well as learn the rich diversity of the region's people. Students who plan to live and work within the Appalachia will find the Appalachian Studies minor a valuable addition to their major fields of study. Even those students who plan to live outside the region will find the minor beneficial because they aquire cultural competency skills and critical thinking that transcend the particular of Appalachia and can be applied on an international level. The academic program is supplemented by cultural activities such as folk life programs, concerts, and literary readings that are sponsored by the Appalachian Regional & Rural Studies Center and/or the Appalachian Events Committee, a student/faculty/staff group.