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Center for Social Concerns


Social Concerns Seminar: Appalachia


Joy and Hope: Here and in the Hollers


CSC 33950 / THEO 33950 / CST 33950






A service learning and community based learning course, this seminar involves experiential learning at a variety of different sites in the Appalachia region of the United States. Coupled with six class sessions providing preparation and follow up, students will spend their midterm break on a service-learning immersion with one of 16 community partners in Appalachia. While learning about the communities in this region and the challenges they face and hopes they possess, students may focus on themes such as sustainability, rural health care, housing, education, energy, or a combination thereof.


Immersion Dates: Sunday, October 19–Saturday, October 25, 2014

Size: Up to 250 students

Cost: $290 (some scholarships available based on need)

Things to note:

  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion. This may look different at each site. Some sites, for example, allow fewer showers. Others may have simpler sleeping arrangements. Most do not have internet. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully and embrace the change of pace and amenities.

  • You will receive more specific details from your site leader during preparation classes

  • Most meals will be prepared by your team or in conjunction with your hosts. Meals are provided throughout travel to and from your immersion location. You will have a limited budget for meals which will be enough to eat simply and be well nourished.

  • Site leaders will be liaison with community partner contacts

  • Lodging varies depending on the site – you will likely be responsible for your own bedding

  • You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course

The fall seminars are football friendly (@ FSU on 10/18 and BYE on 10/25)!






  • Priority Deadline: Monday, August 25, 2014
  • Final Application Deadline: Wednesday, August 27, 2014
  • Application will not be processed until both portions are complete.

  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.

  • Students will be notified of their application status within two weeks of applying.

  • Notification of site placement will happen on September 1, 2014.

    • Accepted students will be placed strategically on teams taking into account group formation, individual skills and strengths, and the fit with the community partner/organization.

  • No admittance into the seminar after the first class on September 9, 2014

  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email




    • After you have submitted the primary application, please complete the second step to help us determine the teams.



— Social Concerns Seminar Directed Readings Options — Consider deepening your Appalachia experience by supplementing it with a directed readings course in your field.  This is a wonderful option for folks who are traveling to Appalachia for a second, third, fourth, fifth, etc. time! 

Click here for more information.



Kyle Lantz

Appalachia Seminar Director

Greg White

Seminars Administrative Assistant



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