Appalachian Studies Program

Appalachian Studies (minor)

Do you love the mountains? Are you interested in culture, music, history?

Do you ever look around a place and wonder just what it is that makes that place special and why things are the way they are?

Join us and explore the history, culture and natural environment of southern Appalachia and the wealth of cultural and natural resources right in MHU’s backyard.

Appalachian Studies is interdisciplinary – that means that you’ll have the chance to take classes from lots of different departments for this minor, including Appalachian Studies, Biology, History, and Religion.

Appalachian Studies is an ideal complement to any major and is especially recommended for any student who wishes to:

  • Develop the skills to study the culture, history, or environment of any region, worldwide;
  • Understand the forces that shape regions;
  • Have a career that depends upon a nuanced understanding of a particular place or community.

Appalachian Studies minors are eligible to apply for the James H. Montgomery Appalachian Studies Scholarship, which involves service hours in the Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies and an outside organization in the region. Minors often also help put on the annual Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival.

Core courses include:

  • AS 211: Introduction to Appalachian Studies
  • AS 344: Creative Traditions in Southern Appalachia
  • AS 345: Oral History Practicum
  • BIO 214: Natural History of the Southern Appalachians
  • ENG 340: Appalachian Literature
  • REL 343: Religion in Appalachia

For more information, contact Program Coordinator Leila Weinstein: (828) 689-1115 or

Students on Roan Mountain

Appalachian Studies Field Trip to Roan Mountain







Farmers with livestock

Mr. and Mrs. John Shepard of Franklin, NC, and their Lord’s Acre Pigs. James G.K. McClure Jr Collection, Southern Appalachian Archives.








James G.K. McClure Jr Collection, Southern Appalachian Archives.