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Appalachian Studies

Appalachian Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers courses from the social sciences, humanities, art, environmental sciences, social work, and health sciences.

By taking classes in Appalachian Studies at EKU, you'll use texts, technology, and discussion to analyze Appalachia as a place, as an identity, and as an academic discipline. You'll explore the ethnic, cultural, social, and geographical diversity that has shaped the region.

You'll study the past, interrogate the present, and look toward the future of Appalachia. You'll acquaint yourself with actions and activism of local people and communities, and you'll study the indigenous peoples, the immigration into the area, the Appalachian diaspora into Northern cities, and the undeniable call to return home for many who left. 


The program offers an undergraduate minor and a certificate in Appalachian Studies. Students are encouraged to select a group of courses tailored to their personal and academic goals in consultation with the Director of Appalachian Studies. 

Minor in Appalachian Studies (18 hours)

  • APP 200 plus 15 hours of approved Appalachian Studies electives

Certificate in Appalachian Studies* (12 hours)

  • APP 200 plus 9 hours of approved Appalachian Studies electives


Students from all majors are welcomed and encouraged to  tailor their degree program to integrate the minor or certificate program. 

With the approval of the Director of Appalachian Studies, students may also pursue independent studies courses or select relevant special topics from other departments.


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