This First Year Seminar will immerse you in the Appalachian region through interactive activities, cultural event experiences, readings, and guest speakers who have experienced the region differently. We will discuss how the Appalachian region consists of diverse groups of people who have helped shape the history and culture of the region. This course is designed to analyze people's experiences in the Appalachian Region from a cross-disciplinary perspective. The course will give students the tools to think critically about diversity in the Appalachian Region. Readings draw from historical and contemporary studies and primary source accounts and look intimately at
Appalachian residents' stories and experiences. After completing this course, students will better understand what the Appalachian region evolved from, why and how it became what it is today, and where it can go in the future to better contribute to the larger regional, state, national, and international communities.