Appalachian Studies Courses

For a list of Spring 2022 courses that can count towards the Appalachian Studies Minor/Certificate, click here: Spring 2022 Courses


Spring 2022 Featured App-Course Offerings

Spring 2022

APP 200-001: Introduction to Appalachian Studies

Allen Fletcher

TR 9:30-10:45

APP 200 Catalog Description

A multidisciplinary introduction to Appalachian culture, history and society. Examines how Appalachia came to be viewed as a distinct region; looks at its place in American life.

APP 300-001/EES 480-002 "Geosciences & Environmental Justice in Appalachia
3 Credit Hours
Time: 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Edward Lo
APP 300 Course Description 
Geoscience and Environmental Justice in Appalachia. Overview of Appalachian geology and environmental justice with a focus on Central Appalachia. Examines the relationship between community and land use as it relates to extractive industries and sustainable development in Appalachia. Case studies of landslides, flooding, and water quality and ensuing legal decisions will be explored in required readings, videos, and field trips.
APP 399-001 Participatory Action Research in Appalachia
3 Credit Hours
Time: Variable
Instructor: Kathryn Engle
APP 399 Course Description 
This partial term practicum course will be centered around the theme “Participatory Action Research in Appalachia.” During this course, students will engage with a variety of readings and activities relating to Participatory Action Research (PAR) in Appalachia. In addition to visiting research sites during the week of spring break, students will attend the Appalachian Studies Association Conference to be held March 17-20 in Morgantown, West Virginia. Students will also participate in a creek cleanup and water testing project in the Stinking Creek watershed of Knox County on Saturday March 26th. This course will provide hands-on learning experiences for students to conduct community-based research and pursue individual interests relating participatory research in the region.
Meetings/Location: Hybrid/field course- materials and activities will be made available online & 1-2 synchronous class meetings will be held each week (the weeks of the 7th, 21st, and 28th) which will be determined based on students’ availability. During spring break week we will meet every day from approximately 9 to 5 to go on various trips. March 17-20 we will go to Morgantown, West Virginia (overnight stays) to participate in the Appalachian Studies Conference. It will be the students responsibility to make arrangements to not schedule work or major activities during class meetings/field trips. Students will be expected to attend the creek cleanup and should also block off their calendar for March 26th.
Enrollment: This is a controlled enrollment course. If you would like to add this course, please contact Dr. Kathryn Engle (

APP 395: Independent Study

1-6 Credit Hours - Lecture TBD-Location TBD– Instructor TBD

APP 395 Catalog Description

Independent Study of special topic under the supervision of Appalachian Studies-affiliated faculty. Students must identify both a topic for this project as well as a faculty mentor who has agreed to supervise this project. May be repeated to a maximum of six credits.


For a list of Summer/Fall 2021 courses that can count towards the Appalachian Studies Minor/Certificate, click here: Fall 2021 App Related Course List

For a list of Winter Intersession/Spring 2021 courses that can count towards the Appalachian Studies Minor/Certificate, click here: Spring 2021 App-Related Courses Listing

Courses that have previously counted toward App Studies Program

Course Criteria for Appalachian Studies Minor or Certificate Courses

2018-2019 APP Course Bulletin Descriptions

Please note: Students may petition the Director of Appalachian Studies, Prof. Ann Kingsolver, on individualized curriculum plans to fulfill the Appalachian Studies Minor or Undergraduate Certificate Requirements.

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