A minor in Southern Studies for the BA degree consists of 4 core courses in the Departments of Southern Studies 6 additional hours of optional courses.

Required Core Courses

Students take the following required courses in the Departments of Southern Studies and History:

Department of Southern Studies Courses

  • 101 Introduction to Southern Studies I: Defining the Southern region by studying its people, environment, and culture. Sample syllabus.
  • 102 Introduction to Southern Studies II: Study the development of the Southern region, with emphasis on the economy, social structure, politics, and arts. Sample syllabus.
  • 401 Southern Studies Seminar, Society: 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.

Additional Courses

Students take an additional 6 hours of courses from the following list:

Southern Studies (SST)

  • 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 and Oral History
  • 534 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).
  • 597, 598, 599 Special Topics: Interdisciplinary study of specialized topics in Southern culture. May be repeated once if topic varies.

African American Studies (AAS)

  • 201: African American Experience I
  • 202: African American Experience II
  • 302: Judicial System and the African American Experience
  • 307: Peoples of Africa
  • 308: Politics of Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
  • 310: Experiences of Black Mississippians
  • 320: African American Politics
  • 325: African American History to 1865
  • 326: African American History since 1865
  • 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
  • 420: Richard Wright
  • 440: History of African Americans in Sport
  • 441: Comparative Black Literatures
  • 504: Research in African American Studies
  • 593: African American Literature

Department of African American Studies Website

Art History (AH)

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

Department of Art History Website

Economics (ECON)

  • 335: Economic History of the South

Department of Economics Website

English (ENGL)

  • 310: Women in the South
  • 322: Survey of African American Literature from the Beginning to the 20th Century
  • 323: Survey of African American Literature of the 20th Century
  • 324: The Blues Tradition in American Literature
  • 368: Survey of Southern Literature
  • 373: Caribbean Literature
  • 466: Faulkner
  • 467: The South in Film
  • 566: Faulkner Studies

Department of English Website

History (HIS)

  • 307: African American History to 1865
  • 308: African American History since 1865
  • 328: History of African Americans in Sport
  • 330: The History of Mississippi
  • 331: The South through the 19th Century
  • 332: The South in the 20th Century
  • 333: The Era of the Civil War, 1850-1877
  • 334: The Blue and the Gray
  • 335: The Economic History of the South
  • 336: Women in Southern History
  • 337: History of Religion in the South

Department of History Website

Music (MUS)

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

Department of Music Website

Political Science (POL)

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

Department of Political Science Website

Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANTH)

  • SOC 315: Leisure and Popular Culture
  • SOC 334: Intro to Field Work Techniques
  • SOC 351: Social Change
  • SOC 413: Race and Ethnicity
  • ANTH 309: Indians of Mississippi and the South
  • 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

Department of Sociology and Anthropology Website