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.

  • 1.1 Students will synthesize a variety of approaches to the study of Appalachia.
  • 1.2 Students will appraise theoretical models through which Appalachia has been constructed and interpreted.
  • 1.3 Students will contrast varieties of commerce that shaped the region's economics.
  • 1.4 Students will identify and critique Appalachian stereotypes.

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

  • 2.1 Students will analyze the intersection of race, gender, class, and ethnicity in Appalachia.
  • 2.2 Students will recognize the multiple community forms in the Appalachian region.
  • 2.3 Students will evaluate multiple origins of Appalachian migration.
  • 2.4 Students will compare Appalachia and other cross-cultural mountain regions.

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

  • 3.1 Students will explain the impact in Appalachia of global forces of change.
  • 3.2 Students will identify cultural, artistic, and environmental connections between Appalachia and other human-ecological communities at local, regional, and international levels.
  • 3.3 Students will compare other cultures to their own.