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Regional Antiquity Coming to Pellissippi

 New courses are already approved for 2017-18 school year.

Students, grab your coonskin cap and tobacco pipe. Pellissippi will soon offer two classes that will teach history pertaining to East Tennessee.

Judy Gosch, director of curriculum and new program development, said the courses will be Tennessee History and Appalachian Literature. The two are unrelated in terms of specific material, but they both have local relevance. Gosch stated these classes “will be added to the 2018-19 catalog.”

Amanda Carr-Wilcoxson will teach Tennessee History. She says, “just one course is on the agenda for now, but more classes will be offered as interest for the subject grows.” The lone class is expected to be taught at the Hardin Valley campus.

Carr-Wilcoxson also stated that Tennessee History “will cover everything from the Pre-Columbian era to current times.” The course can be taken in place of one of the U.S. History offerings. However, students looking to transfer to the University of Tennessee will have to take it as an elective. Carr-Wilcoxson said Pellissippi has “separate agreements with UT.” Students transferring to UT will still have to take World History or Western Civilization as their history requirement. All other universities in conjunction with the Tennessee Board of Regents will accept Tennessee History as a history credit.

Dr. Charles D. White will teach Appalachian Literature. This class will study genres of poetry and other stories that are a part of Appalachian culture. White stated that his class will provide “cultural and historical context pertinent to northern and southern Appalachia.”

White is the director of the James Agee Conference for Literature and Art. He says the idea for this course developed from people attending the conference. The meeting is a forum for discussions, presentations and workshops. Scholars and authors unite periodically to explore various literature.

Students who want to get ahead on these classes can study Davy Crockett and James Agee to become acquainted with some local history. Engaging in this type of learning with a glass of apple cider might even be appropriate.

  • It is a long process for TBR to approve credit courses.
  • These courses have been approved, but deadline for the 2017-18 catalog has passed.
  • Deadline for next catalog will be sometime next spring.
  • Changes can be made to these courses before that target date.
  • Faculty members indicate these classes will draw much interest.
  • Location for Appalachian Literature is not yet known.