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BA/BS Appalachian Studies Program

Interdisciplinary Appalachian Studies BA/BS Degree

This creative and flexible interdisciplinary Appalachian Studies degree focuses on the culture, environment, leisure industries, and business entrepreneurship of the region for those students who may wish to remain, work, teach, serve in, or write about the state or region after graduation.  While the B.A. in Appalachian Studies is ideally suited for students who may choose to continue graduate studies, pursue a law degree or MAT teaching certification, the B.S. in Appalachian Studies, with its second minor and no language requirement, is appropriate for students moving directly into positions of leadership or professions in the community.  Both liberal arts degree tracks have the flexibility to prepare students for problem solving, innovation, understanding the region and the ever-changing and evolving working world of today.

Curriculum for a Bachelor of Arts Major in Appalachian Studies

Required courses, 36-38 + 12 Language Hours: In addition to the 36-38 required APST credits, students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts track in Appalachian Studies must satisfy the B.A. Foreign Language Requirement. Students will take APST Core classes and the required interdisciplinary electives or the alternative Celtic Roots Global Appalachia semester abroad.  They must also satisfy the Community Service engagement requirement, as well as the required capstone in their senior year of study. Students choosing the Interdisciplinary BA degree in Appalachian Studies must select one of the discipline specific minors or an approved minor: Aging Studies Minor, Anthropology Minor, Education Minor, Business Administration Minor, Economics Minor, English Minor, Environmental Studies Minor, Entrepreneurship Minor, Innovation Minor, Gender and Women’s Studies Minor, Health and Fitness Minor, History Minor, Hospitality Management Minor, Journalism Minor, Marketing Minor, Nutrition Minor, Recreation and Sport Studies Minor, Sociology Minor, and Political Science Minor.

Appalachian Studies Core Requirements, 24 Hours:

*Writing Intensive Course
**Community Service
Requirement for Appalachian Studies Major: Every major must engage in some form of sustained community service; this project can be met through selecting a local or campus community project, engagement through Alternative Spring Break and/or an APST Practicum 476, or through the APST 480 Internship.  The project must be approved by the advisor/APST Director. 

***Elective Courses, 12-14 Hours                                                                                          

Students will choose no more than two courses from the same discipline:

***A semester of study abroad at the University of the West of Scotland or at another approved institution in Scotland, Ireland or Wales where Shepherd University has agreements or exchange privileges will suffice for the required electives with approval by Director. APST prefix courses are recognized intrinsically as interdisciplinary in nature.

Curriculum for a Bachelor of Science Major in Appalachian Studies

Required courses, 36-38: Students pursuing the Bachelors of Science track will take APST Core classes and the required interdisciplinary electives or the alternative Celtic Roots Global Appalachia semester abroad.  They must also satisfy the Community Service requirement, as well as the required capstone in their senior year of study. In order to enhance employability and personal skill sets, students choosing the interdisciplinary BS track in Appalachian Studies must select two minors; one from each of the two thematic categories below. All minors, however, listed in the student catalogue are available to students upon approval by the APST Board.

Minor Thematic Categories: Students should identify and choose two minors that complement their long-term career goals.  Minors are designed to give students a range of interdisciplinary skill sets within these typical liberal arts minors and flexibility in the job market. In choosing the pairing of minors, students must work closely with advisors in APST and in the minor areas chosen to schedule classes efficiently for degree progression. They should also choose from these categories realizing that a key part of their degree—the final capstone project and presentation (APST 486)—will be based on the integration they can show or demonstrate. See catalog for details about the minors.

Appalachian Studies Core Requirements, 24 Hours:

(Problem Solving/Innovation Req.)

(Ethics/Environment Requirement)

*Writing Intensive Course
**Community Service Requirement for Appalachian Studies Major: Every major must engage in some form of sustained community service; this project can be met through selecting a local or campus community project, engagement through Alternative Spring Break and the APST Practicum 476, or by working off-campus through the APST 480 Internship.  The project must be approved by the advisor and APST Director. 

***Elective Courses, 12-14 Hours                                                                                          

Students will choose no more than two courses from the same discipline:

***A semester of study abroad at the University of the West of Scotland or at another approved institution in Scotland, Ireland or Wales where Shepherd University has agreements or exchange privileges will suffice for the required electives with approval by Director. APST prefix courses are recognized intrinsically as interdisciplinary in nature.