Perspectives & Themes

The majority of the General Education courses students take at Appalachian fall within the part of the curriculum known as the Perspectives.  There are four Perspectives total:  Aesthetic, Historical and Social, Local to Global, and Science Inquiry.  Each student chooses one multidisciplinary theme from each of these four Perspectives and, within each theme, chooses two-three courses from at least two different disciplines (except in some of the Science Inquiry themes, which require students to take two courses from the same discipline).

The Perspectives themes are multidisciplinary, meaning that they investigate the same theme from the perspectives of multiple, distinct disciplines.  The goal of this multidisciplinary structure is to help students develop the intellectual habits of seeking out diverse perspectives on issues or problems and integrating a variety of information into their decision-making and creative processes.

To learn more about the themes offered in each Perspective, click on the links on the left side of this page.