Appalachian Studies Courses

For a list of Spring 2020 courses that can county towards the Appalachian Studies Minor/Certificate, click here: Spring 2020 App-Related Courses Listing


Spring 2020 Featured App-Course Offerings


APP 200: Introduction to Appalachian Studies

001 - Lecture TR 11-12:15PM - Room 203 Whitehall Classroom Building - Carson Benn

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/HIS 351-007: Tops Appalachian Studies: Coal, Cotton, and the Transformation of the Southern Mountains

001 - Lecture TR 2-3:15PM - Room 338 Whitehall Classroom Building – Christopher Leadingham

APP 300-001 Course Description

This course introduces students to frontier and borderlands studies by examining the development and transformation of the southern mountains. The mountains and their hinterlands have long been at the center of power struggles for land and other natural resources. These resources were hotly contested by indigenous and nonindigenous groups in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and they fueled the developing American economy in the nineteenth and twentieth. This course highlights the contributions of non-elite, non-white, and non-male people in shaping the development of the United States. The course begins with the migration of the first humans to North America and concludes with Emancipation and Reconstruction in the 1860s and 70s.


APP 300-401/SOC 350: Tops Appalachian Studies: Climate Change and “Just Transition” in Appalachia

401 - Lecture T 6-8:30PM - Room 103 Don and Cathy Jacobs Science Building – Shaunna L. Scott

APP 300-401 Course Description

This course examines the social, economic, and political aspects of climate change, with an emphasis on local and Appalachian regional case studies --specifically the “just transition” movement. We will examine the causes and consequences of climate change, as well as proposed solutions including mitigation, adaptation, and climate engineering, from a social scientific perspective.


APP 399-001: Practicum: “Kentucky Understories: Growing Hope & Resilience in the Commonwealth”

001 – Time=Various (Meets all Spring Break week & intermittently the week before and after) –Various Locations– Kathryn S. Engle

*Partial Term Course: Meets March 09-March 27

APP 399-001 Course Description

A field-, community-based, practical or applied educational experience supervised by an Appalachian Studies Program faculty affiliate. This Spring Break Practicum course will center around the Appalachian Studies Association Conference, to be held at UK March 12-15. Building on the conference theme of "Appalachian Understories," this intensive immersion experience will allow students to learn about stories and places of hope and resilience in the Commonwealth. The course will include readings and preliminary activities March 9-11 (meeting times will vary based on student schedules). In addition to attending the conference March 12-15, students will participate in excursions into the region throughout the week of spring break, March 16-20. From March 21-27, students will have time to reflect and pursue individualized projects (meeting times will vary based on student schedules). APP 399 is pass/fail. 


ANT 536: Global Appalachia

Credit from this course applies to the following programs: Undergraduate, Graduate

001 - Lecture W 2:00pm-4:30pm - Room 243 Whitehall Classroom Building - Ann Elizabeth Kingsolver

ANT 536 Catalog Description

Appalachia has always had strong global connections, environmentally, economically, and culturally. Current cultural and political economic issues in the region will be examined in comparative perspective through studying related histories and concerns of communities in Appalachia and other mountain regions, including social and economic marginalization within nation-states, resource extraction, low-wage work, migration, and environmental challenges. Students will have the opportunity to communicate directly with residents and scholars of several different global mountain regions, to consider sustainable livelihoods, identify in relationship to place, and social movements. 


APP 395: Independent Study

001 - 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.


HIS 700: Appalachian Understories: New Directions in Mountain South and Global Commons History

004-Lecture TR 1:00pm-3:30pm – Room 1745 Patterson Office Tower – Kathryn D. Newfont

HIS 700 Course Description

In this course we use the Appalachian Studies Association 2020 conference, to be held at UK March 12-15, as a   point of entree into Mountain South and global commons history. Students will engage recent scholarship in these fields through a number of means. We read works by key conference presenters and architects, and by other leading scholars in our core fields. Conference presenters and collaborators visit our course. We attend and reflect on the conference itself. And we pursue independent projects related to the Mountain South and/or global commons. The course offers students a unique opportunity to engage deeply with a large on-site professional conference and the scholarship beneath it.   


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, Dr. Kathryn Engle, on individualized curriculum plans to fulfill the Appalachian Studies Minor or Undergraduate Certificate Requirements.

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