What You’ll Study
Warren Wilson sits above the fertile bottomlands of the Swannanoa River. The land is beautiful, with a rich and diverse ecology, and it has been inhabited for thousands of years. The Appalachian Studies minor draws upon the landscape and surrounding communities to connect the threads of history, economics, culture, and ecology.
This is serious work. Digging into the deep roots of this region takes broad knowledge and skill — you’ll be exposed to many of the academic disciplines we have to offer. Whether you’re a biochemist interested in stream pollutants and their connection to industrial development, or maybe you’re an archaeologist curious about the Mississippian culture that once lived on the land where our farm is now, or you could be a pre-med student studying the impact of healthcare availability on rural communities. Our Appalachian studies minor is the glue that connects your passions and your studies with the world around you.
You’ll have several opportunities to participate in expeditionary learning and service projects within communities around the region. This includes the chance to participate in the College’s summer Archaeology Field School.