facebook icon twitter youtube

Southern Studies Minor

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Daniel Cross Turner, Associate Professor

A minor in Southern Studies will immerse Coastal Carolina students in diverse perspectives on the American South, a key subject of interest on account of CCU’s location and resources. The minor will incorporate a range of disciplines and courses that respond to the region’s notably complex history: Native settlements and European “discovery”/colonization, a plantation economy supported by chattel slavery, the upheavals of the Civil War and Reconstruction, the racial tensions of “Jim Crow” and the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, urban-industrial development and suburbanization, global capital and digital media. Through a spectrum of texts and media—e.g., literary, cinematic, historical, political, religious, anthropological, sociological—produced in and/or about the region, students who minor in Southern Studies will explore the region’s literary, historical, political, economic, and ethnic subcultures and the South’s continuing centrality to understandings of “Americanness” in an increasingly fluid, transnational world. 

The Southern Studies minor will be interdisciplinary in scope and will draw mainly from faculty, courses, centers, and resources already in place at Coastal. The minor would consist of 18 credit hours. The minor requires students to complete eighteen (18) credit hours of coursework drawn from three areas, choosing at least one course from each of the areas. The remaining nine (9) credit hours would be electives, additional courses drawn from any one or more of the three areas. Special topics courses deemed appropriate by the minor adviser can also satisfy minor requirements.

Student Learning Objectives 

  1. To increase students’ understanding of various subcultures of the American South in relation to historical and cultural contexts through interdisciplinary coursework and approaches.
  2. To assist students in engaging with contested issues surrounding the definition of regional identity and its connection to topics including globalization, nationhood, religion, politics, economics, class, ethnicity, and gender.
  3. To enable students to utilize the opportunities afforded by the minor to gain firsthand, experiential knowledge of Southern culture and history.
  4. For students to develop critical thinking and writing skills through collaborative, cross disciplinary studies.

Student Learning Outcomes 

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the culture and history of the American South.
  2. Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate critical and theoretical scholarship relevant to the topic of regional definition.
  3. Produce independently researched analysis on the dynamics and problematics of the American South.
  4. Illustrate the communication skills (written and oral) necessary to the sharing of their research with critical audiences, both peer and faculty.
  5. Utilize the opportunity for experiential learning to enhance understanding of the region.

Requirements (18 Credits), 2015 Catalogue Year

Area I (3 Credits)

Choose one from the following: (3 Credits)

  • ENGL 209 Blue Ridge to Blue Sea: Cultures of the American South 
  • ENGL 352 African American English 
  • ENGL 427 Studies in Southern Literature 
  • ENGL 443 Topics in Women Writers (Topics in Southern Women Writers) 
  • HIST 200 Introduction to Southern Studies

Area II (3 Credits)

Choose one from the following: (3 Credits)

  • HIST 361 Antebellum Period 1820-1850
  • HIST 362 Becoming American
  • HIST 363 Black Atlantic and African Diaspora
  • HIST 383 History of the Colony and State of South Carolina
  • HIST 384 History of Horry and Georgetown Counties
  • HIST 389 The New South
  • ANTH 345 Archaeology of Plantations
  • ANTH 380 Seminar in Archaeology
  • ANTH 430 Southeastern Archeology

Area III (3 Credits)

Choose one from the following: (3 Credits)

  • POLI 309 African-American Political Thought
  • POLI 363 Southern Politics
  • POLI 365 State Government
  • POLI 399 Independent Study (South Carolina State Legislative Process)
  • RELG 365 Religious Diversity in the South
  • SOC 470 Sociology of the South

ELECTIVES (9 Credits)
Select three additional courses from any one or more of the three areas above. (Special topics courses deemed appropriate by the minor adviser can also satisfy minor requirements)


  • Up to two courses from a student's major requirements may be applied towards the Southern Studies Minor requirements.
  • A grade of C or better is required in each course to be applied toward the minor.
  • Prior to graduation, students must submit a portfolio of their work to the adviser of Southern Studies.
  • Other appropriate courses may count towards the minor at the discretion of the minor adviser.