Appalachian Studies Undergraduate Certificate

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  1. Click the Enroll Now Button to pursue a Certificate in Appalachian Studies. (This tells the Appalachian Studies Program you are ‘in’ the certificate program.)
  2. Go to your Dean's Office in your college and declare a 'second major' (This tells UK you are 'in' the certificate program.)
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The Undergraduate Certificate in Appalachian Studies is 12-hour course of study that focuses on developing an understanding Appalachia, particularly Appalachian Kentucky, in historical, social/cultural, physical, and comparative context. The Certificate is available to students who are currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky as well as students who have completed a four-year degree. The Certificate is flexible and can be tailored to match a variety of interests and needs.


Students earning this Certificate will acquire knowledge and skills that will contribute to successful careers and citizenship in or near the Appalachian region. This Certificate of study is relevant to all majors and career interests.


This is an interdisciplinary certificate and, therefore, students are required to take courses from at least two different colleges at the University of Kentucky.

The certificate program also requires the practical application of knowledge and skills through an engagement requirement, which may be fulfilled through either a non-credit or for-credit experience. Students must also complete a capstone project either through APP 399: Appalachian Studies Practicum or through a course approved by the Director of Appalachian Studies.

Remaining courses may be chosen from the Appalachia-related course listings publicized on the Appalachian Studies website each term or a student may propose alternate courses, including independent study courses, for approval by the Director of Appalachian Studies. Such course proposals should include a rationale that explains why the course is relevant to Appalachian Studies.

In sum, successful completion of the Certificate requires the following:

  • APP 200: Introduction to Appalachian Studies
  • A 2.0 GPA within the Appalachian Studies Certificate courses
  • All coursework in the Certificate at the 200+ level (12 hours)
  • At least 6 hours of Certificate coursework at the 300+ level
  • Capstone experience
  • Engagement experience
  • Courses from at least two different colleges
  • Planning course of study under guidance of the Appalachian Studies Director

Sample Curriculum:

  1. APP 200: Introduction to Appalachian Studies
    APP 399: Practicum – Appalachian Resource Sustainability (1 hour)
    SOC 360: Environmental Sociology
    CLD 340: Community Interaction
    ANT 534: Sociology of Appalachia
    Engagement credit fulfilled by APP 399; capstone fulfilled by paper for Environmental Sociology on environmental aspects of a proposed development project in Appalachia.
  2. APP 200: Introduction to Appalachian Studies
    MUS 301: Appalachian Music
    ENG 482G: Affrilachian Literature
    HIS 580: History of Appalachia
    Engagement credit fulfilled by working at a summer arts camp in an Appalachian county; capstone fulfilled by a paper for HIS 580 on cultural diversity in early 20th century coal camps and how that is expressed in contemporary social movements.


Dr. Kathryn Engle
Associate Director
UK Appalachian Center & Appalachian Studies Program
624 Maxwelton Ct

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