Regional Studies Minor

Regional Roan Field Trip
Regional Studies students on field trip to Roan Mountain

For over 150 years, Mars Hill University has served the people of the Southern Blue Ridge. The Regional Studies Program is designed to foster an interdisciplinary understanding of the history, culture, and environment of this region as well as an understanding of its connections to the broader world. Further, while the core courses focus on the Southern Blue Ridge, the concepts and methodologies that students encounter can be applied to any other region.

The Regional Studies minor is recommended for all students and especially encouraged for any student who expects to have a career that depends on ties to the surrounding community: education, business, politics, religion, or research in the natural or social sciences.

Requirements of the Regional Studies Minor (Total 18 hours):

A. INTRODUCTORY COURSE: (3 hours credit)
  • RS 211 - Place: An Introduction to Regional Studies
B. CORE COURSES: (6 hours) choose two* of the following courses:
  • RS 344 - Creative Traditions in Southern Appalachia
  • ENG 340 - Appalachian Literature 
  • HIS 349 - Appalachian Oral History
  • REL 343 - Religion in Appalachia
Regional Trestles Near Kona
Railroad trestles at Kona, NC, from Regional Studies field trip

C. ELECTIVES: (9 hours)
At least one course from the Environment list and one course form the Culture and Power List**

Environment:
  • BIO 214 - Natural History of the Southern Appalachians
  • BIO 218 - Ecology
  • BIO 250 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • BIO 347 - Population and Community Ecology
  • BIO 348 - Vertebrate Taxonomy and Natural History
  • CHM 235 - Environmental Chemistry
  • GEO 221 - World Regional Geography
  • HIS 430 - U.S. Environmental History
  • NS 112 - Introduction to Environmental Science
  • PE 185 - Outdoor Leisure Skill
  • SOC 328 - Environment and Society
Culture and Power:
  • ENG 203 - World Literature
  • ENG 358 - American Environmental Expression
  • HIS 202 - North Carolina History and Government
  • HIS 250 - Introduction to Public History
  • MUS 218 - World Music
  • MUS 469 - Appalachian Smooth and Clog Dancing
  • PS 111 - Introduction to American Government and Politics
  • PS 121 - Introduction to Global Politics
  • PS 336 - Citizenship and Political Participation
  • SOC 111 - Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 214 - Class, Structure, and Power
  • SPA 207 - Hispanic Cultures in English
  • SW 331 - Social Welfare Policy: Social Justice and Human Rights
D. OPTIONAL INTERNSHIPS AND SPECIAL TOPICS (Arranged in cooperation with the coordinator of Regional Studies)
  • RS 261 - Internship
  • RS 461 - Internship
  • HIS 451 - Public History (external)
  • RS 327 - Special Topics

* Students may opt to take all four courses listed under Required Courses, in which case two will count as electives.
** Only one 100 level course from these lists will count towards the minor.
Other courses may be adapted to satisfy this minor. Consult with the program coordinator for guidance.