APS 200 Appalachian Challenges & Opps

Isolated pockets of Appalachia are joining the cultural and economic mainstream, bringing with them century-old, persistent problems. Students will learn a cultural appreciation and understanding of cultural stereotypes through reading historical articles, actively participating in classroom discussions, and evaluating economic theories and opportunities. Students will continue their learning and contribute to the EPG sustainable model that leads to community economic development through interviewing visionary community and civic leaders, conversing with entrepreneurs and small business owners, and watching videos. Students will reflect upon their own identity and learn to access resources outside their control. Students will work in teams of 4-5 students on Appalachian social change projects in partnership with community members. Meets the Active Learning Experience (ALE) requirement and the AAAW requirement. Exploration of an issue (or issues) central to contemporary Appalachia and diverse responses that address the issue(s) African Americans’, Appalachians’, and Women’s Perspective.


1 Course Credit