Meaningful understanding and engagement with a place demands involvement with a community and a willingness to push past cultural boundaries.

Why Appalachian & Place-Based Studies at Sewanee?

Sewanee is more than a college town. The University of the South is situated on a plateau that includes vibrant communities outside the gates. This minor is an initiative that brings together the efforts of faculty, staff, students, and community partners toward building a transformative and replicable model of public scholarship and community. It is fundamentally grounded by a focus on place.

With this minor, you’ll adopt a concrete focus on southern Appalachia while also developing skills that will help you engage meaningfully with any place. You’ll work with others to address issues from a variety of perspectives. You’ll learn to recognize the value of public scholarship and the bringing together of expertise and skills to address community needs and visions.

A Sampling of Courses

Southern Appalachian & Place-based Studies

Programs of Study

Requirements for the Minor in Southern Appalachian Studies


John C. Willis
Professor of History and Chair of Southern Appalachia and Place-Based Studies

Walsh-Ellett 201, Ext.1534

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