Undergraduate (B.A.)

Beginning with the Fall 2023 semester, admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Southern Studies (SST) will by competitive entry only. Competitive applicants will have a high school or college GPA of 3.0, an academic resume that shows leadership and engagement with local communities, and a thoughtful response to an essay prompt specific to SST.

IMPORTANT:  The application to be a major in Southern Studies (SST) is separate from the application for the Academic Common Market of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). To receive ACM benefits, you must be accepted into the Southern Studies major AND receive approval for ACM from your home state and the University of Mississippi, as well as satisfy academic requirements particular to the ACM.  To maintain ACM eligibility, students must be enrolled in a course that counts for the Southern Studies major each semester. Here is more information on the ACM application process as related to SST.

The application process for the SST major will depend on your status as a student:

Incoming freshmen: Once accepted to UM, the applicant will have access to the online “Special Programs and Scholarship Application.” In addition to the general information required from all students, applicants will select the Southern Studies option to answer a short essay prompt regarding their interest in the SST major. The deadline for first-year incoming students to apply to the Southern Studies program is February 15 and decisions are announced on or before March 30. Until students receive notification of their acceptance into Southern Studies, they will be designated as Freshman Studies majors.

Incoming transfer students: Once accepted to UM, transfer students will complete the application found on the Center for the Study of Southern Culture website (forthcoming), including a short essay prompt regarding their interest in the SST major. February 15 is the deadline for students starting in the fall semester; October 15 for those starting in the spring semester.  Students will receive notification of their acceptance into Southern Studies in a similar timeframe to all incoming students.

Current UM students: Current UM students will complete the application found on the Center for the Study of Southern Culture website (forthcoming), including a short essay prompt regarding their interest in the SST major. Decisions are made on a rolling basis for current UM students.

The SST major consists of 30 hours of courses in total, including SST 101, 401, 402, two courses from SST 103-110, and one SST course at the 500 level.  As a part of their coursework, students must take 12 hours of SST electives from at least two different departments. For more information about the B.A. and major in Southern Studies, email us, call 662-915-5993 or go here.

Graduate (M.A.)

The deadline for applying to the Graduate Program in Southern Studies is February 1. We will waive the application fee for all prospective students who apply by the preferred deadline.

To apply, you must first initiate an application through the Graduate School website. Additionally, we require a writing sample and a 500 word statement of purpose. The personal statement should address the following questions: “Why is a degree in [Southern Studies/Documentary Expression] from the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi the best next move for you?  How will this degree program help you to achieve your personal and professional goals?  What specifically appeals to you about the program?”

You may either upload these materials through the Graduate School website or send the hard copy directly to the Southern Studies Graduate Program, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677. Also, two confidential letters of recommendation should come directly from the recommenders, either uploaded to the website or sent in hard copy. All materials must be postmarked by February 1. The M.A. program no longer requires GRE scores.

Graduate (M.F.A.)

The deadline for applying to the Graduate Program in Southern Studies is February 1. We will waive the application fee for all prospective students who apply by the preferred deadline. To apply, you must first initiate an application through the Graduate School website. The M.F.A does not require GRE scores, but does require students to already have an M.A. degree in the humanities, social science, or journalism.

Dr. Catarina Passidomo is the Graduate Studies Advisor.