A major in Southern studies for the B.A. degree consists of 30 hours of courses, including S St 101, 401, 402, two courses from S St 103-110, and one S St course at the 500 level.

Department of Southern Studies Courses

  • 101 Introduction to Southern Studies I: Defining the Southern region by studying its people, environment, and culture. Sample syllabus.
  • 103 Southern Mythologies and Popular Culture:

    This course will explore one or more of the mythic Souths, using popular writing, advertising, music and music videos, film, and other visual media.

  • 104 The South and Race: This course examines historical and contemporary dimensions of racial and ethnic relations in the U.S. South. The course enables students to think through their own identities, experiences, and beliefs as they learn how to approach the subject of race and ethnicity from a critical perspective.
  • 401 Southern Studies Seminar, Methods: An interdisciplinary seminar that examines the South through a close study of social groups, social structures, and social forces. Sample syllabus.
  • 402 Southern Studies Seminar, Culture: An interdisciplinary seminar that explores the South’s past and the contemporary era, focusing on the literature, music, folklore, art and architecture, religion, and other cultural forms that have been especially associated with the region.
  • 303 Southern Women: A historical survey of Southern women with emphasis on research through documentary sources and oral history. (Same as ENGL 310 and G ST 310.)
  • 334 Studies in Documentary Fieldwork: Interdisciplinary study of the theory, practice, and tradition of documentary field research through readings, photography, films and video tapes, audio recordings, and field notes. (Same as ANTH 534, ART 534). Sample Syllabus.
  • 406 Southern Literature and the Oral Tradition: Sermons, folk tales, ballads, blues, and other oral forms in works of writers such as A. B. Longstreet, Mark Twain, William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Eudora Welty, and Ernest Gaines.
  • 533 Documentary Photography
  • 534 Studies in Documentary Fieldwork and Oral History: Interdisciplinary study of the theory, practice, and tradition of documentary field research through readings, photography, films and video tapes, audio recordings, and field notes. (Same as ANTH 534, ART 534).
  • 536 Environment
  • 537 Documenting the South in Film
  • 538 Advanced Film
  • 560 Oral History of Southern Social Movements
  • 597, 598, 599 Special Topics: Interdisciplinary study of specialized topics in Southern culture. May be repeated once if topic varies.

Additional departments:

Students must take 12 hours of Southern Studies electives from at least two different departments:

African American Studies

  • 201: African American Experience I OR
  • 202: African American Experience II
  • 302: Judicial System and the African American Experience
  • 308: Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • 310: Experiences of Black Mississippians
  • 316: The African Diaspora
  • 320: African American Politics
  • 325: African American History to 1865
  • 326: African American History since 1865
  • 334: Introduction to Field Work Techniques
  • 337: Anthropology of Blues Culture
  • 341: African American Literary Tradition I
  • 342: African American Literary Tradition II
  • 386: African and African American Arts
  • 395: Survey of Black American Art
  • 413: Race and Ethnicity
  • 414: Race, Place and Space
  • 420: Richard Wright
  • 421: Readings in U.S. Black Feminism
  • 438: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery
  • 440: History of African Americans in Sport
  • 441: Comparative Black Literatures
  • 443: The Civil Rights Era
  • 504: Research in African American Studies
  • 517: African American Musical Tradition
  • 518: History of Jazz
  • 593: African American Literature

Art

  • 366: History of Southern Art and Decorative Arts
  • 369: Survey of Black American Art
  • 386: African and African American Arts

Economics

  •  335: Economic History of the South

English

  • 314: The Cinematic South
  • 357: Women in the South
  • 361: Lit Survey to 1920
  • 362: Lit Survey since 1920
  • 367: Blues Tradition in American Literature
  • 374: Survey of Caribbean Literature
  • 414: Special Topics in Cinematic South
  • 458: Southern Environmental Literature
  • 460: Faulkner
  • 468: Major African American Writers
  • 479: Special Topics in Comparative Black Lit
  • 467: The South in Film
  • 514: Studies in Faulkner

Gender Studies (G St 310, 337, 418, 454);

History

  • 404: The Civil War Era 1848-1877
  • 414: African American History to 1865
  • 415: African American History since 1865
  • 418: African American Women’s History
  • 420: History of African Americans in Sports
  • 422: The Rise and Fall of American Slavery
  • 423: History of Mass Incarceration
  • 424: The Civil Rights Era
  • 440: Military History of the Civil War
  • 450: Southern History to 1900
  • 453: Economic History of the South
  • 454: Women in Southern History
  • 455: History of Religion in the South

Journalism (Jour 513);

Music

  • 321: The Development of Country Music
  • 517: African American Musical Traditions
  • 518: The History of Jazz
  • 577

Political Science

  • 307: Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • 317: Mississippi Politics
  • 318: Politics of the American South
  • 320: African American Politics

Sociology and Anthropology

  • SOC 315: Leisure and Popular Culture
  • SOC 334: Intro to Field Work Techniques
  • SOC 351: Social Change
  • SOC 413: Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 414: Race Place and Space
  • ANTH 309: Indians of Mississippi and the South
  • ANTH 315: African Diaspora
  • ANTH 317: Indians of the Southern Frontier
  • ANTH 319: Environmental History of the South
  • ANTH 334: Introduction to Field Work Techniques
  • ANTH 337: Anthropology of Blues Culture
  • ANTH 414: Race Place and Space