Southern Studies

Discover Southern history and culture

As a Southern Studies major at Mercer University, you will explore the rich, complex history and culture of the Southern United States. Engage new ideas and perspectives while learning from the nation’s top scholars in the field. The Southern Studies major is an interdisciplinary program, allowing you to participate in nuanced dialogues while gaining a comprehensive understanding of the American South with courses in:

  • African American Studies
  • Literature
  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Southern History

Mercer offers the only Southern Studies undergraduate program in the United States. Our expert faculty dedicates their time to nurture your specific research interests, guiding you to discover diverse resources and viewpoints. We provide opportunities to learn directly from the top thinkers and writers in the Southern Studies field, with lecture series and outside the classroom opportunities such as internships.

Reach your academic goals

Because the Southern Studies major is an interdisciplinary program, you will graduate with a diverse set of tools that can be applied in a variety of professional fields. You will gain practical research experience and learn skills crucial to taking the next step toward your career or academic goals.

Many graduates of our Southern Studies program pursue advanced degrees in English, history, or law. Our graduates have also launched successful careers in a diverse set of professional fields, including:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Historic preservation
  • Journalism

Learn more about our Southern Studies major

Students listen to the 2018 Byington Lecture.

Spencer B. King, Jr. Center for Southern Studies

Explore the many meanings of the South through the King Center, the only center for Southern studies in the United States dedicated to the education and enrichment of undergraduate students.