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Appalachian Studies Undergraduate Courses

APST 200 - Introducing Appalachia  (3)

Three hours lecture.

Introduces the Appalachian Mountain region through a survey of its geography, history, cultures, lifestyles, and the arts. Readings, discussions, and multi-media presentations on the above topics will be supplemented by library and field research. The class is designed to create an overall awareness and appreciation of life in Appalachia.  Required for Appalachian Studies minor. This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Social and Behavioral Sciences or U.S. Perspectives.


APST 460 - Seminar: Current Issues in Appalachian Studies. (3)

Three hours lecture.

This seminar focuses on a designated topic of current interest in Appalachian Studies and is designed to give students in-depth exposure both in the classroom and in the field. Topic examples include social and environmental justice issues, coalfield labor practices, cultural attachment to place, the politics of Appalachian identity, and Appalachia and the media. The course will serve as a capstone for the Appalachian Studies minor and as a complement for a variety of majors.

  •     May be repeated for credit when content differs.
  •     May be used to fulfill B.S. requirement for some majors.


APST 480 - Appalachian Studies Internship. (3-15)

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; 2.0 minimum overall grade point average and permission of instructor.

Each hour of credit will require a total of forty hours on the job. Course counts up to three hours toward fulfillment of course requirements for an Appalachian Studies minor.  This is a one-semester internship with public or private agency in Appalachia. Student will receive academic and agency supervision. The course will be graded on a pass/fail basis.


APST 495 - Research in Appalachia. (3)

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

This course is affiliated with the Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP), which is administered by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Students engage in community based research to respond to the ARC’s question, “How do we build sustainable Appalachian communities?” Students present their research at the annual ATP conference in Washington, D.C., before ARC administrators and other participating schools. Additionally, students present at the annual Appalachian Studies Association conference, typically held in March at different schools throughout the region.


APST 498 - Independent Study. (1-6)

Will vary as topics vary.


ENGL 446 - Appalachian Folklore  (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisite: CORE 101 and CORE 102.

Study of the mountain verbal lore of tales, ballads and sayings; nonverbal or partially verbal lore of customs, games and rituals; material lore of structure, designs and landscapes. Field collections and written analyses required. This course may be used to meet requirements for the minor in Appalachian Studies.


ENGL447 - Appalachian Literature (3)

Three hours lecture.

Prerequisite: CORE 101 and 102, ENGL300 (exemptions provided by English Department Chair and approval of Appalachian Studies Chair)

An exploration of Appalachian poetry and prose written by a diverse authorship. Students critically analyze the literature with the aid of various literary theories, identify and critique the themes and lessons contained in the texts, and determine the authors’ contributions to Appalachian arts and letters. This course may be used to meet the requirements for the minor in Appalachian Studies.