Appalachia Seminar

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The Appalachia Seminar is designed to introduce students to the cultural and social issues of the Appalachian region — its history, people, culture, challenges, and strengths — through study and experiential learning. The course also provides engagement with the people of Appalachia through a required immersion over Fall Break. The Appalachia Seminar utilizes a Catholic social tradition (CST) framework to build skills around social analysis, critical thinking, and theological reflection. Students examine the relationship between solidarity and service and consider how the common good is expressed in local communities across the region.

Class Dates: Thursdays 6:00–7:30 p.m.
Immersion Dates: This course includes a required immersion trip during Fall Break in October.
Instructor: Dave Lassen

Listed below are some of the organizations who have been our partners in the past. Confirmations for Fall 2024 are ongoing. Team assignments will be finalized in late August.

Cost: $300 (please contact for information about possible assistance with this fee)
Credits: 1
Associated TermFall 2024

No application necessary. Register for this course along with your other fall courses.

Team Leader Application Process: During the immersion trip, Appalachia Seminar teams are led by two undergraduate team leaders. If you are interested in this role, please contact

Questions? Email Greg White at The Appalachia Seminar is offered in the fall semester.