Appalachian Studies (BA)

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

1. Students will have a foundation for holistic understanding of the Appalachian region.

  • Goal 1, Outcome 1: Students will synthesize a variety of approaches to the study of Appalachia.
  • Goal 1, Outcome 2: Students will appraise theoretical models through which Appalachia has been constructed and interpreted.
  • Goal 1, Outcome 3: Students will contrast varieties of commerce that shaped the region's economics.
  • Goal 1, Outcome 4: Students will identify and critique Appalachian stereotypes.

2. Students will recognize the diversity of cultures that make up the Appalachian region.

  • Goal 2, Outcome 1: Students will analyze the intersection of race, gender, class, and ethnicity in Appalachia.
  • Goal 2, Outcome 2: Students will recognize the multiple community forms in the Appalachian region.
  • Goal 2, Outcome 4: Students will compare Appalachia and other cross-cultural mountain regions.
  • Goal 2: Outcome 3: Students will describe and evaluate multiple origins of Appalachian migration.

3. Students will recognize and understand the Appalachian region within a national and global context.

  • Goal 3, Outcome 1: Students will explain the impact in Appalachia of global forces of change.
  • Goal 3, Outcome 2: Students will participate in local, regional, and/or international activities.
  • Goal 3, Outcome 3: Students will compare other cultures to their own.

4. Students will participate in local, regional, and international activities.

  • Goal 4, Outcome 1: Students will demonstrate civic engagement.