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Undergraduate Minor


The minor in Appalachian Studies includes courses from a variety of disciplines to give students a broad understanding of Appalachia from multiple perspectives. Field research courses guide students into firsthand experience in the region. Students are required to take APST 200: Introducing Appalachia, early in their program of studies.

A capstone course or major project is required near the end of their program. Students choose from APST courses, internship or independent study for the capstone work. For the remaining nine credit hours, students are to select three courses from at least two of the groups labeled A, B, C, D below. Courses marked with an asterisk need to be approved by the chair of Appalachian Studies or by an advisor in the program.

Students who wish to minor in Appalachian Studies must submit a Declaration of Minor Form (PDF) with appropriate signatures to the Registrar's Office. Students must consult with the APST chair or one of the members of the APST faculty for advising.

The Minor (15 credits)

Introductory Course (required)

  • APST 200 - Introducing Appalachia

Capstone Course or Major Project - Required (Choose one)

  • APST 460 - Seminar: Issues in Appalachia
  • APST 495 - Research in Appalachia
  • APST 480 - Internship in Appalachian Studies
  • APST 498 - Independent Study in Appalachian Studies

Choose 3 courses from at least two of the following groups (9 credits)

Group A:

  • ENGL 446 - Appalachian Folklore
  • ENGL 447 - Appalachian Literature
  • ENGL 314 - Topics in Literature (when topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • APST 490 - Highland Summer Conference Writers' Workshop
  • ENGL 490 - Highland Summer Conference Writers' Workshop
  • RELN 205 - Religion and Culture (when topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • WMST 101 - Women in the World (when topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • WMST 290 - Special Topics in Women's Studies (when topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • Any course from ART, MUSIC, THEATER, or DANCE when topic relates to Appalachia*

Group B:

  • HIST 339 - Scotland and Ireland in the Modern Age*
  • HIST 352 - Virginia History* 
  • HIST 373 - Appalachian History
  • HIST 385 - Public History (when topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • HIST 466 - History Travel (when topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • GEOG 202 - The Commonwealth of Virginia
  • GEOG 203 - Appalachian Geography
  • GEOG 480 - Seminar (when topics relate to Appalachia*)
  • GEOG 490 - Field Research Methods (when topic relates to Appalachia*)

Group C:

  • SOCY 333 - Social and Cultural Diversity (When topic relates to Appalachia)*
  • SOCY 411 - Appalachian Cultures
  • SOCY 486 - Community-Based Research (when topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • SOCY 482 - Practicing Ethnographic Methods (when topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • SOCY 433 - Rural Sociology
  • SOCY 389 - Sociology of the Family (when topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • SOWK 480 - Special Topics in Social Work (when topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • CRJU 380 - Rural Crime and Law Enforcement
  • CRJU 490 - Seminar (whent topic relates to Appalachia*)
  • PSYC 250 - Psychology of Diversity (when topic relates to Appalachia*)

Group D:  

  • BIOL 103 - Environmental Biology
  • BIOL 481 - Special Topics in Biology (When topic relates to Appalachia)* 149
  • GEOL 100 - Earth Resources and Natural Hazards (When topic relates to Appalachia)*
  • GEOL 361 - Geology of Virginia
  • RCPT 431 - Sustainable Tourism
  • Any course from EDUCATION when topic relates to Appalachia*

* Requires APST Chair’s or APST Advisor’s approval