The Appalachian Studies minor is an 18-hour, interdisciplinary program for students who would like to gain a greater appreciation for and understanding of the Appalachian region. The minor requires a core of six credit hours and 12 credit hours of electives. Core courses examine Appalachia's culture, environment, economy, and politics both historically and currently. Electives allow students to delve more deeply into the region's literature, art, music, folklore, religion, coal, flora, fauna, and other topics.
Students are required to take courses in at least two different departments. No more than three credit hours taken as part of the Appalachian Studies minor may be counted toward a major in any field.