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Appalachian Cultures and Environments minor

What is a Minor in Appalachian Cultures and Environments?

The Pathways Minor in Appalachian Cultures and Environments introduces students to the diverse cultural practices, artistic expressions, histories, politics, and ecologies of the Appalachian region.


What You'll Study

Gain an understanding of the places, cultures, histories, artistic expressions, ecologies, and politics of the Appalachian region, historically and currently.

Students explore questions of equity, identity, race and ethnicity, and resource extraction, and are invited to take action, informed by scholarship, to improve the well-being of people, communities, and ecosystems.

  • Appalachian Community Research
  • Music Traditions in Appalachia
  • Ecology of Appalachian Forests
  • Energy and Raw Materials: Geopolitics and Sustainable Development
  • Seeking Sustainability 
  • Concepts in Community Food Systems


This minor is part of the Pathways to General Education.


18 hrs
Total Credit Hours


Careers and Further Study

Why Minor in Appalachian Cultures and Environments?

The minor develops critical thinking, analytical skills, and a deeper understanding of the Appalachian region valuable in a wide variety of ­fields. As you examine socioeconomic and environmental conditions of Appalachia, you'll discover the ways in which Appalachian places and issues are linked to global places and issues. You'll also participate in hands-on learning experiences that will enhance future employment opportunities.

Who studies Appalachian Cultures and Environments?

This minor serves all students wishing to enrich their knowledge of Appalachia and issues of equity and identity more generally. Students pursuing careers in engineering, agriculture, communication, education, environmental sciences, the arts, geography, health, law, public history, public policy, and social work will find the minor valuable. 

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