Southern Studies Major

A major in Southern Studies offers students the opportunity to gain a rigorous interdisciplinary perspective on the rich and varied culture and history of the American South.  Students receive training in different disciplines, including southern history and literature, learning in their senior year to integrate these discipline-specific approaches in a writing- intensive senior capstone experience in Southern Studies.  The successful completion of the SST major leads to a B.A. degree.  

 

Major in Southern Studies 

36 semester credit hours minimum
Successful completion of this track fulfills the CLA Additional Depth of Understanding requirement.

  • AFR 359/ENG 359. African American Literature: Beginnings to 1965
  • AFR 356/HIS 356. The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • AFR 360/ENG 360. African American Literature: 1965 to Present
  • AFR/HIS 361. The Old South
  • AFR/HIS 362. The New South
  • AFR/HIS 363. African American History
  • ENG 357. Literature of the South to 1900
  • ENG 358. Literature of the South since 1900
  • SST 180. Introduction to Southern Studies
  • SST 480. Senior Seminar in Southern Studies
  • Three additional courses approved by the Southern Studies Committee.
Students may attain honors in Southern Studies by maintaining a minimum overall 3.5 grade point average in their undergraduate program, achieving a minimum 3.5 grade point average in courses in the major, and successfully completing a Senior Research Project at a level judged worthy of honors by the Southern Studies Committee. A committee of Southern Studies faculty members oversees the administration of the major.

Minor in Southern Studies 

15 Semester credit hours minimum
  • SST 180. Introduction to Southern Studies
Four additional courses covering at least two different disciplines from the following courses:
  • AFR 359. African American Literature: Beginnings to 1965
  • AFR 360. African American Literature: 1965 to Present
  • HIS 356. The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIS 361. The Old South
  • HIS 362. The New South
  • HIS 363. African American History
  • ENG 357. Literature of the South to 1900
  • ENG 358. Literature of the South since 1900
  • SST 280.  Special Topics in Southern Studies
  • SST 380. Special Topics in Southern Studies
  • SST 180 (3 hours)/SST 180 R (4 hours)