Outside the Classroom

As a Southern Studies major, you’ll benefit from the rich programs offered by the Spencer B. King, Jr. Center for Southern Studies. The King Center for Southern Studies hosts several lecture series and programs that bring important scholars and writers to Mercer to share their work with students and the Macon community. The Center also awards the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature, which is presented to writers who have made significant contributions to writing about the South over the course of their careers.

In addition to programs offered through the center, you will have the opportunity to participate in undergraduate research and put what you learn to work in an internship.

Southern Studies


Byington Lecture

Examine the contemporary American South in the Laurie Byington Lecture Series

Lamar Lecture

The Lamar Lecture series promotes the preservation of Southern culture, history, and literature.

The Jesse Mercer statue on the Macon campus


Study and research the unique culture and history of the South under the direction of our expert faculty. Learn the research techniques and critical thinking skills that will prepare you for your next steps.

Hay House in downtown Macon, Georgia


Discover the complex economy, music, literature, and history while visiting historic locations throughout Georgia. Our faculty also works to pair you with an excellent internship based on your specific interests and passion.

Graduate's mortar board with words

Postgraduate Opportunities

When you graduate with a Southern Studies degree from Mercer University, you will be prepared to reach your goals, whether it’s directly entering the workforce or enrolling in a graduate program.