One can pursue a MA in Southern Studies following one of three tracks described below: thesis, documentary, or internship.  All students must select courses from at least two academic disciplines with a maximum of twelve hours in any single discipline. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Katie McKee, Graduate Studies Advisor, at

Thesis Track

The thesis degree consists of a minimum of 30 total hours of course work, including SST 601 and 602, 18 separate hours of course work, and six thesis hours (SST 697). Students must complete and defend a thesis. View a list of thesis topics pursued by M.A. students over the years.

Documentary Track

The documentary track is similar to the thesis track in that it requires SST 601 and 602, 18 hours of additional coursework, at least six hours of SST 697, and a completed and defended thesis. The student must complete a documentary project (photography, film, audio, online or other) plus a written thesis of at least 50 pages.

Internship Track

The nonthesis  internship degree consists of 36 total hours of course work, including SST 601 and 602, 30 separate hours of course work, and an internship (SST 603). Students must conclude their internships with a project and a colloquium presentation. Students have served as interns with the following institutions: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Garden and Gun magazine, The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Heritage, Old Dominion University Gallery, The Georgia Historical Society, the Mississippi Arts Commission, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the Boys and Girls Club, Burns Belfry Museum and Multicultural Center, the Southern Arts Federation, and Southern Living magazine.