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.


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Required Courses

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.

Core Curriculum

The Maryville Curriculum, often called the “core” curriculum, consists of 51 credit hours. Some general education requirements are waived by virtue of the student’s major; others may be met by demonstration of competence. List of Core Courses:

Core Domain
Approved Existing Classes for New Core
(Other Courses to be added)
First Year Seminar FYS110
Composition & Speech ENG110 & ENG120
Quantitative Literacy MTH110
Religion, Spirituality and Critical Thought BIB130 or BIB140
Literary Studies LIT270 or LIT290
Historical Reasoning WCV180 or WCV190
Empirical Study of Person and Society PSY101, SOC101, PLS211, ECN221, ECN201
Culture and Intercultural Dynamics WRC370
Scientific Reasoning
[Students must complete 2 courses: 1 life science and 1 physical science. One of the 2 must include a lab]
SCI150, SCI350, BIO113, BIO115, BIO217, CHM111, CHM121, PHY101, PHY201
Mathematical Reasoning STA120, CSC111, MTH125
Second Language Completion of a 120 course in second language (e.g., SPN120, etc.)
Creative Arts FNA140, ART102, ART121, THT101, THT204,
3 HRS in any one of:
MUSE12, MUSE13, MUSE14, MUSE15, MUSE16, ART124, ART125, ART126
Ethical Citizenship in the World ETH490
U.S. Pluralism Designated Courses TBD