Located in the heart of the Appalachian region, Maryville College offers an ideal spot in which to study one of the richest and most distinctive cultural regions in the United States. The Southern Appalachians are home to a historic and vibrant musical tradition, distinctive religious practices, and astonishing biodiversity. With faculty who have expertise in all of these areas, Maryville College can provide you with the knowledge and experiences that will enable you to understand this marvelous place.

Students who pursue the Minor in Appalachian Studies would take courses in its social systems, its history and culture, its religions, and its biology. They also receive a rich immersion in the region through these courses and other experiential offerings.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

Course Offerings

The Minor in Appalachian Studies consists of at least 15 credit hours and involves coursework from a variety of fields. Course descriptions can be found in the Course Listings section of this Catalog. January term experiential courses are described in yearly pre- registration materials. Required courses include: 

SOC 222: Sociology of Appalachian Culture (3 hrs.)

Twelve additional credit hours as follows:

HIS 248: Appalachian Cultural and Social History (3 hrs.)
REL 209: Religion in the Southern Appalachians (3 hrs.)
BIO 311: Natural History of the Southern Appalachians (3 hrs.)
Appropriate January Term Experiential Offering (3 hrs.)

With approval of the Appalachian Studies Coordinator and the appropriate academic division chair, various special topics courses (designated 349) and Internship courses (designated 337) may satisfy requirements of the minor.