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Undergraduate Minor in Appalachian Studies


This minor offers students with a serious interest in Appalachian regional studies an opportunity to pursue a minor concentration to complement a major in one of the university professional or liberal arts programs. This interdisciplinary program enables students to comprehend more fully the historical, environmental, social, economic, health and political context of the Appalachian region in relation to its diverse residents, challenges, contributions, and possible futures. 


Note: Introduction to Appalachian Studies (APP 200) is required. Independent studies courses and experiential education and special topics courses offered by a variety of departments may be counted, if appropriate, toward the minor with the approval of the Appalachian Studies Program Director.

An Appalachian Studies Minor requires 18 hours of coursework to include the following:

  1. APP 200: Introduction to Appalachian Studies
  2. Choose 15 hours of Appalachian Studies courses. Below is a list of examples of courses that fulfill minor requirements. There is also a current list published on the website each semester of courses approved as electives for the minor. Additional courses, if relevant, can be approved by the Director of Appalachian Studies to be counted toward the minor in Appalachian Studies. 
  • ANT / SOC 534: Sociology of Appalachia
  • ANT 536 Global Appalachia
  • APP 311/ANT 341/LIN 311 Appalachian English
  • APP 300: Special Topics in Appalachian Studies
  • APP 395: Independent Study
  • APP 399: Practicum
  • CLD 260: Community Portraits
  • CLD 340: Community Interaction
  • ENG 425 Environmental Writing
  • GEO 161 Global Inequalities
  • GEO 316 Environment and Development
  • GEO 365: Special Topics in Regional Geography (as appropriate)
  • GWS 250: Social Movements
  • HIS 240: History of Kentucky
  • HIS 469: The Kentucky African American Experience
  • HIS 580: History of Appalachia
  • MUS 301: Appalachian Music
  • PS 456G: Appalachian Politics
  • SOC 235/AAS 235: Inequalities in Society
  • SOC 355/HSP 355: Sociology of Health and Illness
  • SOC 360: Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 735: Topics in Social Inequalities (as appropriate)
  • SW 325: Social Justice Foundations

To Declare a Minor in Appalachian Studies:

  1. Please contact Prof. Ann Kingsolver (, Appalachian Studies Program Director or Dr. Kathryn Engle (, Appalachian Center Director
  2. We will schedule a meeting to discuss the minor, requirements, and any questions you may have.
  3. After the meeting you can declare the minor/certificate via myUK. 

Appalachian Studies Minor Information Sheet