Southern Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines required cultural studies courses on the American and global South with courses from multiple disciplines including history, literature, sociology, anthropology, music, political science, journalism, and documentary studies. Students in the program take introductory classes about how to study the South, numerous advanced courses of their choice in different fields, and senior-level seminars that require final interdisciplinary papers or projects.
Southern Studies majors seek to understand the American South in all of its complexity by investigating challenging topics such as the historical meaning of being a Southerner, what it means to be a Southerner in the 21st century, the relationship of the South to America’s national identity, and the role of the South in an increasingly global world.
Southern Studies majors receive training in research, interpretation, and communication skills that can be custom-fitted for a wide array of occupations. They develop flexibility of mind, work well with a diverse group of people, and exercise the critical thinking skills necessary to survive and thrive in a 21st century environment – all skills highly desired by employers.
The University of Mississippi had the first undergraduate major in Southern Studies, and more than 300 students have completed undergraduate degrees in the program.