Master of Arts in Appalachian Studies - Courses



APST 5150 - Seminar in Appalachia and Religion (3 credits)
This seminar will look in depth at one aspect of religion in Appalachia. The topic may vary from year to year. Possible topics include missionaries and missionary schools in Appalachia, the sacred music of Appalachia, the nineteenth-century camp meeting movement, religion and literature in Appalachia, and the sociology of minority religion in Appalachia.
 
 
APST 5180 - Seminar in Art and Appalachia (3-6 credits)
This seminar provides an in-depth study of some aspects of art in Appalachia. The topic may change from year to year.


APST 5237 - Scots-Irish in Appalachia (3-6 credits)
This course will examine the contribution of the Scots-Irish and Scots to Appalachian culture.
 
 
APST 5250 - Readings in Appalachian Studies- (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to survey the major writings central to the region, to analyze their importance to and influence on the development of Appalachian studies, and to serve as the foundation for advanced graduate study in Appalachian studies.
 
 
APST 5260 - Contemporary Appalachia and Globalism (3 credits)
This course examines contemporary Appalachia in the context of the global community. Topics include the extractive industries, agriculture, health care, and sustainable development.


APST 5337 - Appalachia in Scotland (3-6 credits)
This course will survey the relationship among Appalachian, Scottish, and Irish cultures, with an emphasis on Scotland and Ireland.
 
 
APST 5567 - Scottish Ethnology (3 credits)
A survey of Scottish ethnic and regional groups and their folk traditions.


APST 5670 - Ethnomusicology and Appalachia (3 credits)
This course balances a survey of methodological and theoretical issues in ethnomusicology with a survey of ethnomusicological literature related to the Appalachian region. In addition, this course provides an introduction to past and present musical cultures in Appalachia and gives students opportunities to apply basic methods and theories of ethnomusicology in an Appalachian context.


APST 5690 - Documenting Community Traditions (3 credits)
This crossdisciplinary seminar involves fieldwork in Appalachian communities seeking cultural or economic sustainability through the development of their traditional and contemporary assets.
 
 
APST 5905 - Internship (3 credits)
This course provides opportunities for students to gain work experience with an organization or business appropriate to his/her concentration area and/or career goals.  A minimum of 150 supervised contact hours at the site is required.


APST 5907 - Foodways of Appalachia (3 credits)
Traditional and developing food cultures of the Mountain South. Topics include: the historical roots of Appalachian cookery; food and class in Appalachia; Native American and African influences on mountain cuisine; immigrant cooking in the mountains; the rituals of the mountain table; the products of the land and larder; traditional food preservation techniques and beliefs; and the emergence and viability of sustainable agriculture and aquaculture.


APST 5957 - Special Topics in Appalachian Studies (1-3 credits)
The Special Topics course is designed for special interest subjects that are not covered elsewhere in the curriculum. May be repeated when the topic changes.
 
 
APST 5960 - Thesis (1-3 credits)
The student must have made application for candidacy and have completed appointment of an advisory committee. By permission of the Graduate Director.
 
 
APST 5997 - Current Issues in Appalachian Studies (3 credits)
Seminar surveying major issues and concerns in Appalachian studies since the 1970s.
 
 
BIOL 5247 - Appalachian Flora (3 credits)
Prerequisites: BIOL 1110, 1120 and 1130 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Field and laboratory identification and ecology of the plants of the Southern Appalachian environs. Sixteen hours lecture and laboratory/field per week.
 
 
BIOL 5257 - Appalachian Fauna (3 credits)
Prerequisites: BIOL 1110 and 1120 or equivalent, or permission of instructor. Field and laboratory identification and ecology of the animals of
the Southern Appalachian environs. Sixteen hours lecture and laboratory/field per week.


BLUE 5147 - Bluegrass and America's Music (3 credits)
The musical and commercial interaction between bluegrass and American folk music, jazz, pop, gospel, blues, rock, and classical traditions.


BLUE 5257 - Band Leadership Skills (4 credits)
Prerequisites: By permission only. An experiential course that helps students develop band leadership skills through collective and individual study and practical experience.


BLUE 5410 - Individual Instrumental Instruction (1-3 credits)
A flexibly designed course of study under an experienced musician. It provides an opportunity for the student to build upon intermediate or advanced skills and to develop musically on the path to reaching his or her full potential as an instrumentalist.


BLUE 5510 - Graduate Ensemble (1-3 credits)
A flexibly designed course of study under the direction of an experienced musician and band leader with focus on ensemble performance.


BLUE 5900 - Independent Study (1-3 credits)
Directed study in an area, not provided for in course offerings, for which the student has special interest and adequate preparation. By permission of the director.


BLUE 5957 - Special Topics (1-6 credits)
Selected topics in Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music. By permission of the director. Can be repeated for credit when content changes.
 
 
COBH 5135 - Rural Health Projects (3 credits)
Prerequisites: COBH 5125 Rural Health Research and Practice or permission of instructor. In this course students from nursing, medicine, public health and other disciplines work in interdisciplinary teams to develop a community-based health proposal in collaboration with their rural community partners. Through implementing and evaluating the proposed community-based project, students gain hands-on experience in using participatory methods to promote the health of a selected rural population. Students enhance their formal presentation skills through presenting the results of their community-based health project.
 
 
COBH 5200 - Social and Behavioral Foundations of Public Health (3 credits)
This course reviews the concepts and methods of social and behavioral sciences relevant to the identification and solution of public health problems. Social, cultural, economic and environmental factors are discussed as the fundamentals upon which public health has been developed at the various governmental and community levels.
 
 
ECON 5447 - Urban and Regional Economics (3 credits)
Prerequisites: ECON 2210 and 2220. An examination of the theories of urban and regional economic growth and development.


ENGL 5060 - Literature of Southern Appalachia (3 credits)
Selected writings of outstanding regional authors.


ENGL 5137 - Dialectology (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Either ENGL 3100 or 4120. Study of regional and social language variation, including dialect geography and sociolinguistics. Emphasis on linguistic features of Appalachian dialects.


ENGL 5217 - Irish/Scottish Literature (3 credits)
Study of major writers in Irish and Scottish literature with attention to folklore and culture.


ENGL 5670 - Seminar in Folklore (when topic is Appalachian) (3 credits)
In-depth study of folklore theory, methodology, and a selected genre or topic, such as oral narrative, material culture, occupational lore, etc. Includes fieldwork.
 
 
ENGL 5950 - Methods of Research (Required) (3 credits)
Required for graduate majors and minors in English. Special emphasis in research methods in literature, language, and English education.


HIST 5010 - Studies in United States History (when topic is Appalachian) (3 credits)
Directed research and readings in selected topics in the history of the United States.
 
 
HIST 5167 - History of the Southern Appalachians (3 credits)
A study of the political, economic, social, and cultural developments in Southern Appalachia from settlement to the 20th century.
 
 
HIST 5950 - Introduction to Historical Research (3 credits)
The objective of this course is to familiarize graduate students with research methodology and professional standards shared by practitioners in this discipline. This training is fundamental for those who expect to terminate their formal education with an M. A. as well as those who anticipate the pursuit of a Ph.D. in history.
 
 
MALS 5400 - Seminar in Interdisciplinary Research (3 credits)
Prerequisites: MALS 5100. An introduction to and exploration of interdisciplinary research with an emphasis upon qualitative methodologies. Students may develop proposals for MALS 5950: Special Project in Liberal Studies or MALS 5960: Thesis.
 
 
MGMT 5640 - Innovative Entrepreneurialship (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing. Focus on new business creation based on technology innovation. Provides the innovative prudent risk taker with a practical approach for converting brilliant ideas into wealth. Fundamental methodology is applicable to all who have the desire and drive to start their own business. Lecture with emphasis on teamwork, team exercises, and presentation.
 
 
SOCI 5210 - Sociological Research (3 credits)
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor. An overview of the entire research process. Topics include theory and hypotheses, sampling techniques, research designs, and data analysis.