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Appalachian Cultures and Environments (APCE) Minor

The minor consists of 18 credit hours to include 6 required credits and 12 restricted elective credits.

I. Required Minor Courses
APS/HUM 1704Introduction to Appalachian Studies (Introduction, Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities (IG))3
APS/HUM 4414Issues in Appalachian Studies (Capstone, Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse (E))3
Subtotal6
II. Elective Courses
Select four courses of the following: 112
Writing, Language, & Communication
Introduction to Civic Agriculture (Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse (IG))
Writing and Social Justice (Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States (E))
Oral Traditions and Culture
Introduction to Applied Collaborative Techniques (Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse or Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts (IG))
Language and Ethnicity in the United States (Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse or Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (IG))
Appalachian Languages and Cultures
Evolution of the American Landscape (Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse or Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities (IG))
Sciences & Environment
Environment and Natural Systems (Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences or Pathways Concept 5 - Quantitative and Computational Thinking (IG))
Ecology of Appalachian Forests (Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences (E))
Energy and Raw Materials: Geopolitics and Sustainable Development (Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences (IG))
Medicinal Plants and Herbs
Society & Place
Introduction to American Indian Studies (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (IG))
Introduction to African American Studies (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States (IG))
Seeking Sustainability (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (IG))
Leadership for Global Sustainability (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences or Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities (E) (IG))
Ethnography: Studying Culture (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (IG))
Diversity and Community Engagement (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States (IG))
Introduction to Latino American Studies (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences or Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities (E) (IG))
Societal Health in North America (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States (IG))
Appalachian Communities
Language and Ethnicity in the United States (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences or Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse (IG))
Geography of Appalachia
Socio-Cultural Impacts of Tourism (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences or Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities (IG))
People Community and Place (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences)
Multicultural Communication (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (IG))
Energy and Society (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences or Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities (IG))
Concepts in Community Food Systems (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (IG))
Appalachian Community Research
Topics in American Indian Studies
Arts & Design
Seeing, Understanding and Representing Landscape and the Built Environment (Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts (E))
Folk Cultures in Appalachia (Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States (IG))
Social and Cultural Landscapes
Music Traditions in Appalachia (Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts (IG))
Introduction to Applied Collaborative Techniques (Pathways Concept 6 - Critique and Practice in Design and the Arts or Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse (IG))
People Community and Place (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences)
Cultural Expressions & Values
The Cultural Politics of Music in Appalachia (Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States (IG))
Leadership for Global Sustainability (Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities or Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (E) (IG))
Introduction to Latino American Studies (Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities or Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (E) (IG))
Appalachian Literature
History of Appalachia
Socio-Cultural Impacts of Tourism (Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities or Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (IG))
Energy and Society (Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities or Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences (IG))
Evolution of the American Landscape (Pathways Concept 2 - Critical Thinking in the Humanities or Pathways Concept 1 - Discourse (IG))
Subtotal12
Total Credits18
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At least one must be at the 3000- or 4000-level. At least one must be a Pathways elective (courses listed in more than one area may be counted for either area but not for both areas).

(IG) = Intercultural and Global Awareness
(E) = Ethical Reasoning

  • With approval from the director of Appalachian Studies, up to six credits of applicable special offerings, such as Independent Study (APS 2974 Independent Study, APS 2974H Independent Study, APS 4974 Independent Study, or APS 4974H Independent Study) or APS 4994 Undergraduate Research, may be used to fulfill elective requirements.
  • When appropriate, substitutions for electives may be made with approval from the director of Appalachian Studies.
  • A minimum cumulative GPA for all classes taken for the minor is 2.0.

Steps for Completing the Minor

  1. Print and complete the CLAHS Request to Change minor form, available online.
  2. Declare the minor in the Religion and Culture Department, 115 Lane Hall, and obtain a departmental signature on the Request form.
  3. Submit the Request form to CLAHS Undergraduate Academic Affairs in Wallace Hall Suite 238.
  4. Include minor information when updating the application for degree in Hokie Spa.
  5. Students cannot graduate until they have either (a) satisfied the requirements for the minor or (b) withdrawn from the minor.

For more information, contact the Director of Appalachian Studies, Dr. Emily Satterwhite, satterwhite@vt.edu, or Amanda Villar in the Religion and Culture advising office, (540) 231-5033, avillar@vt.edu.