Appalachian Studies

Division VI Chair: M. Mendel-Reyes

Program Chair: C. Green

Faculty: C. Berry, C. Green, S. House (NEH Appalachian Chair), and C. Wilkinson (Appalachian Writer-in-Residence)


Courses: APS Courses

Major/Minor Requirements: Appalachian Studies Minor

Appalachian Studies is a multidisciplinary program examining various aspects of Appalachian heritage and culture, including a choice of course work that examines artistic expression, health issues, sustainability, contemporary issues, gender, race, and other approved courses relating to Appalachia. The minor will complement and enrich any major program at the College.

Berea students also may choose to pursue an Independent Major in Appalachian Studies under the guidance of the Appalachian Studies Program Chair.

In addition to supporting students' achievement of the Aims of General Education, the Appalachian Studies Program seeks to assist students in meeting the following learning goals and associated learning outcomes:

Learning Goal 1: Strive for holistic and comparative understanding of Appalachia

Learning Outcome 1.1: Demonstrate ability to locate, synthesize, and integrate diverse sources (e.g., digital, biological, sociological, cultural, and historical) and methods such as archival and field-based data pertaining to Appalachia.

Learning Outcome 1.2:  Articulate the ways in which the Appalachian region connects to national and international development.

Learning Outcome 1.3: Apply Appalachian Studies as a comparative model for regional study in other parts of the nation and world.

Learning Goal 2: Use the study of Appalachia to practice comparative interdisciplinary scholarship from a variety of cultural, social, and artistic perspectives

Learning Outcome 2.1: Demonstrate a range of knowledge about Appalachia, including Appalachian prehistory, history, settlement, and industrialization.

Learning Outcome 2.2: Demonstrate a range of knowledge about Appalachia, including ethnic and racial diversity; natural history; the use of resources and the effects on natural and human ecologies.

Learning Outcome 2.3: Demonstrate a range of knowledge about Appalachia, including Appalachian economic development; cultures (including religion, folkways, literature, musical, and artistic expressions); exploitation and stewardship; and the creation and manipulation of images and stereotypes.

Learning Goal 3: Combine knowledge, skills and passion to work with Appalachian communities 

Learning Outcome 3.1:  Collaborate proactively with Appalachian households and communities to facilitate and build on strengths and to meet challenges in order to contribute to sustainable, just, and peaceable communities.

Appalachian Studies Course Sequencing Table:

Please be aware that the table below represents current planning and is subject to change based on faculty availability and student interest.  It is not meant to represent any guarantee to the student that the courses will be offered in the term in which they are currently planned.

CourseFall 14Spr 15Fall 15Spr 16Fall 16Spr 17
APS 113  X X 
APS 209X X X 
APS 220 (WGS)*   X  
APS 224 (MUS)*   X  
APS 229 X   X
APS 230 (AFR)  X X 
APS 253 (HIS)   X 

*-It is unclear how often these courses will be offered in the future.