A Master of Arts degree in Southern Studies prepares students for careers in a wide range of fields. Graduates may pursue studies in doctoral or professional programs in American Studies, history, literature, art, music, anthropology, folklore, political science, religion, education, library science, business, and law. Many of our graduates teach, work in museums, and do documentary, archival, and preservation work. Because many of the issues bearing on American culture are felt intensely in the South, a degree in Southern Studies provides a unique perspective for any number of careers a graduate might pursue.

About the program

The graduate program in Southern Studies at the University of Mississippi is the only one of its kind in the world. It offers an intense interdisciplinary course of study for a Master of Arts degree touching on all facets of Southern life, history, and culture. Students can study an array of Southern topics and issues, from Faulkner to the blues, from the Civil War to the civil rights movement, from folk art to fundamentalism.

Students take core seminars on the interdisciplinary study of the South; seminars on Southern history, literature, music, religion, and other topics; individual study courses that enable them to work closely with individual faculty; and some students pursue internships that provide supervised work experience in cultural institutions.