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SOUTHERN STUDIES (SST)
Douglas E. Thompson, Director/Professor of History
David A. Davis, Associate Professor of English
Chester J. Fontenot, Jr., Professor of English
Sarah E. Gardner, Distinguished University Professor
Matthew Harper, Associate Professor of History
Andrew B. Silver, Professor of English
 
A major in Southern Studies offers students the opportunity to gain a rigorous interdisciplinary perspective on the rich and varied culture and history of the American South. Students receive training in different disciplines, including southern history and literature, and integrate these discipline-specific approaches in the senior year in a writing-intensive senior capstone experience in Southern Studies. The successful completion of the SST major leads to a B.A. degree.
 
Major in Southern Studies
39 semester credit hours minimum
SST 180. Introduction to Southern Studies
AFR/ENG 359. African American Literature: Beginnings to Harlem Renaissance
AFR/ENG 360. African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to the Present
AFR/HIS 363. African American History
ENG 357. Southern Literature to 1900
ENG 358. Southern Literature since 1900
HIS/AFR 356. The United States in the Civil War Era, 1840s-1865
HIS/AFR 361. The Rise and Fall of Plantation Slavery in the South
HIS/AFR 362. Twentieth-Century South
SST 480. Senior Seminar in Southern Studies
One additional course, approved by the program director
 
Students may attain Honors in Southern Studies by maintaining a minimum overall 3.50 grade point average in their undergraduate program, achieving a minimum 3.50 grade point average in courses in the major, and successfully completing a Senior Research Project at a level judged worthy of Honors by the Southern Studies Committee. A committee of Southern Studies faculty members oversees the administration of the major.
 
Minor in Southern Studies
15 Semester credit hours minimum
SST 180. Introduction to Southern Studies
Four additional courses in at least two different disciplines, from the following:
AFR 359. African American Literature: Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance
AFR 360. African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to the Present
HIS 356. The United States in the Civil War Era, 1840s-1865
HIS 361. The Rise and Fall of Plantation Slavery in the South
HIS 362. Twentieth-Century South
HIS 363. African American History
ENG 357. Southern Literature to 1900
ENG 358. Southern Literature since 1900
SST 280. Special Topics in Southern Studies
SST 380. Special Topics in Southern Studies
 
SST 180. Introduction to Southern Studies (3 hours)
This course defines the American South by studying its people, environment, and culture. Using the disciplines of cultural studies, history, and literature, the course gives attention to the region’s many cultural inheritances. (Every year)
SST 198. Special Introductory Topics in Southern Studies: (Subtitle) (3 hours)
Study of an introductory topic in Southern Studies not covered in any of the departmental offerings. This course may be applied to the Southern Studies major or minor. (Occasionally)
SST 280. Special Topics in Southern Studies: (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: to be determined by the instructor.
A study of some significant topic in Southern Studies that is not covered in the regular course offerings. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. May be repeated with different topics. (Occasionally)
SST 380. Special Topics in Southern Studies: (Subtitle) (1-3 hours)
Prerequisite: to be determined by the instructor.
A seminar involving reading and discussion of a specific topic in Southern Studies that is not covered in the regular course offerings. May be repeated with different topics. Students must engage in projects or assignments requiring at least one contact hour, or equivalent, per week for every hour of credit. (Occasionally)
SST 480. Senior Seminar in Southern Studies (3 hours)
A course designed to fulfill the exit requirement for students seeking a major in Southern Studies. Emphasizing supervised research projects, this seminar enables students to compare methodologies and perspectives in order to examine specific problems in Southern Studies and sharpen their skills as researchers and writers. (Every third semester)