College of Liberal Arts
Southern Studies

CottonThe Southern Studies program at Mercer University examines the complex history and culture of the U.S. South.

The program offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate major that studies the region from multiple perspectives including courses in African American studies, English, history, political science, and cultural studies.

The program also offers Southern Semester, a unique opportunity for students from American and international universities to learn about and to experience the people, history, and culture of the U.S. South.

The program hosts the Lamar Memorial Lecture Series, the most prestigious scholarly lectures on southern history, literature, and culture. Dan Usner, Holland M. McTyeire Professor of History at Vanderbilt University, gave the lectures in 2013.

The Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature recognizes significant career contribution to southern writing. The winner for 2014 is Elizabeth Spencer.

On April 19, 2014, the program will hold a symposium on the Native South.

This summer, southern studies faculty will lead a tour of the South for Mercer alumni.

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