Southern Studies Minor

Department of American Studies

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204 Greenlaw Hall, CB# 3520

(919) 962-5481

Sharon Holland, Chair

Gabrielle Berlinger, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Southern studies focuses critical attention on the history, society, culture, and expression of the American South with its regional, state, and local distinctiveness. The curriculum allows students to examine the American South from many disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, art, architecture, communication studies, cultural tourism, ecology, environment, folklore, foodways, geography, history, journalism, language, law, literature, material culture, myth and manners, music, oral history, politics, public health, religion, values, and more. Students may petition the director of undergraduate studies to have courses not listed approved to fulfill major or minor requirements; such courses will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Students may minor in Southern studies by completing five courses. Courses listed more than once can be counted for only one category. At least one course must be at the 300 level or above.

Core Requirements
AMST 210Approaches to Southern Studies: A Historical Analysis of the American South3
or AMST 211 Approaches to Southern Studies: The Literary and Cultural Worlds of the American South
Four other courses from the core content and thematic offerings listed under the Southern studies concentration12
Total Hours15

Courses from the core content and thematic offerings are listed under the Southern studies B.A. concentration.

See the program page here for special opportunities.