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Southern Studies

Walter B. Edgar, Director
H. Thorne Compton, Associate Director
Thomas J. Brown, Assistant Director
Harry Lesesne, Research Assistant Professor
Walter Liniger, Distinguished Lecturer


The interdisciplinary program in Southern Studies offers training in analytic methods and research skills designed to help students excel in their departmental fields of concentration and establish a lasting basis for independent exploration of the South.

Program Requirements

The minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours, including SOST 301; one of the following: SOST 302, SOST 310, or SOST 320; and four additional courses drawn from at least two different disciplines. Undergraduates may also pursue a cognate in Southern Studies by taking four SOST courses or concentrate in the field through the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (B.A.I.S.) degree program.

Course Descriptions (SOST)

  • 301 -- Introduction to Southern Studies. {=HIST 441} (3) Interdisciplinary approaches to fundamental problems in the study of the American South.
  • 302 -- Research in Southern Studies. (3) Instruction in methods for production of original scholarship about the South.
  • 305 -- The Contemporary South. (3) An investigation of Southern regional identity.
  • 310 -- Southern Communities. (3) Intensive study of localities as a research strategy for investigating the structures of Southern society.
  • 320 -- Southern Stories. (3) Analysis of narratives as a research strategy for cultural studies of the South.
  • 399 -- Independent Study. (3-6) Contract approved by instructor, advisor, and program director is required for undergraduates.
  • 405 -- Topics in Southern Studies. (3) Reading and research on selected topics in Southern studies. Course content varies and will be announced in the schedule of classes by suffix and title.

Other Courses

AFRO 335 Survey of Civil Rights Movements
ANTH 303 African-American Cultures
ANTH 304 Contemporary Cultures of South Carolina
ANTH 317 North American Indian Cultures
ANTH 321 Archaeology of South Carolina
BIOL 526 The Fall Flora
BIOL 527 The Spring Flora
BIOL 528 The Summer Flora
ENGL 427 Southern Literature
ENGL 428 African-American Literature
ENGL 438A South Carolina Writers
ENGL 456 The English Language in America
GEOG 221 Geography of South Carolina
GEOG 521 Landscapes of South Carolina
GEOL 215 Coastal Environments of the Southeastern United States
GINT 363 Southern Politics
GINT 365 State Government
HIST 403 The Sections and the Nation, 1828-1860
HIST 404 Civil War and Reconstruction, 1860-1877
HIST 409 The History of South Carolina, 1670-1865
HIST 410 History of South Carolina Since 1865
HIST 415 Black Americans
HIST 442 The Old South
HIST 443 The New South
HIST 479 Oral History
HIST 615 The Civil War in American History
HIST 616 The Reconstruction of the Nation
HIST 648 The Black Experience in the United States (to 1865)
HIST 649 The Black Experience in the United States (since 1865)
RELG 342 The African-American Religious Experience
RELG 573 Religion in the South
SCCC 325F Southern Intellectual and Cultural History
SCCC 367A Echoes in Blues
SCCC 425F South Carolina in the 20th Century

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