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Appalachian Studies
The Appalachian studies minor offers students diverse opportunities for academic study, service learning, participatory research, community outreach, and advocacy related to the Appalachian region.

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This is not a degree program - it is a minor, but it complements a variety of degrees in the humanities.

Program Requirements

You must meet MSU's admission requirements.


Appalachian Studies Core

  • APS 201 - Introduction to Appalachian Studies (3) 

Five of the following for a total of fifteen credit hours: 

  • ART 468 - Appalachian Arts (3) 
  • ENG 360 - Appalachian Literature (3) 
  • GEO 341 - Appalachia (3) 
  • HIS 322 - History of Appalachia (3) 
  • MUSH 261 - Folk and Country Music Listening (3) 
  • SOC 459 - Appalachian Culture (3) 

Two three-hour electives for a total of six credit hours from the following (may include courses not already selected above):

  • AGR 319 - Herbs (3) 
  • BIOL 318 - Local Flora (3) 
  • ENG 394 - Language and Society 
  • HIS 323 - History of Kentucky 
  • GEO 345 - Environmental Geography (3) 
  • GOVT 344 - Kentucky Government (3) 
  • MUST 103 - 001 Practical Theory for the Traditional Musician (2)  (May be combined with Private Instruction or Ensemble classes offered for one hour of credit by KCTM for a total of 3 credit hours) 
  • RAPP 201 - Intro to Regional Analysis (3) 
  • RAPP 202 - Basic Computer Tech in Regional Analysis (3) 
  • RAPP 289 - Regional Natural History 

Total of 24 hours

For a complete list of program requirements visit the undergraduate catalog website.

Career Opportunities

A minor in Appalachian studies may assist you with careers in the following:

  • Analysis and development
  • Archives and historic preservation
  • Community organizing and development
  • Environmental research
  • Law
  • Museums
  • Nonprofit and government agencies that serve the region
  • Public policy
  • Teaching in a range of disciplines

MSU's Career Services offers career planning, interview and resume preparation assistance, internship placement, and services to help you find a job after you graduate.

  • Morehead (Residential Campus)
    150 University Blvd., Morehead, KY 40351
    1-800-585-6781
  • MSU at Ashland
    1400 College Drive, Ashland, KY 41101
    800-648-5370
  • MSU at Mt. Sterling
    3400 Indian Mound Drive, Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
    859-499-0780
  • MSU at Prestonsburg
    6 Bert Combs Drive, Prestonsburg, KY 41653
    800-648-5372
  • MSU at West Liberty
    155 University Drive, West Liberty, KY 41472
    606-743-1500
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