Southern Studies

Drawing on the University of Virginia’s unique and historic strength in the study of the US South, students in the Southern Studies concentration pursue their interests in the region across multiple disciplines, including English, music, history, art history, film studies, the history of photography, and architectural history. Recent students in this concentration have conducted their own research on southern foodways, applied comparative approaches to the study of southern literatures, designed and conducted oral history projects, investigated the history of local music, and made documentary films.

American Studies faculty members with expertise in this area include Anna Brickhouse, Marlene Daut, Jennifer Greeson, and Grace Hale.

Core Courses

Students concentrating in Southern Studies must take at least 2 courses from the following Core classes. The 2 courses must be from different departments.

  • AAS 3231 Rise and Fall of the Slave South
  • AMST 1559 Slavery and Its Legacies
  • AMST 2559 History of Abolition
  • AMST 2753 Arts and Cultures of the Slave South
  • AMST 3221 Hands-On Public History
  • AMST 3880 Literature of the South
  • AMST 4430 Documentary Film and the South
  • ARTH 2753 Arts and Cultures of the Slave South
  • ENAM 3880 Literature of the South
  • HIUS 3071 The Coming of the Civil War
  • HIUS 3072 The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIUS 3231 Rise and Fall of the Slave South
  • HIUS 3232 The South in the 20th Century
  • HIUS 3651 Afro-American History to 1865
  • HIUS 3652 Afro-American History Since 1865
  • HIUS 3671 History of the Civil Rights Movement

The remaining 4 electives may come from the Core class list and/or from the following list of approved courses specific to the Southern Studies concentration. At least 2 of these 6 courses must be at the 3000 level or above.

Elective Courses

  • AAS 1010 Intro to African-American Studies I
  • AAS 1020 Intro to African American Studies II
  • AAS 1559 New Course in African & African American Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • AAS 2559 New Course in African & African American Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • AAS 2700 Festivals of the Americas
  • AAS 3200 Martin, Malcolm and America
  • AAS 3231 Rise and Fall of the Slave South
  • AAS 3456 The Supreme Court and the Civil Rights Movement
  • AAS 3500 Intermediate Seminar in African-American & African Studies (Select Course Topics)
    • AAS 3500 Afro-Brazilian History
    • AAS 3500 Black Fire: African American Expression
    • AAS 3500 Framing the Civil Rights Movement
    • AAS 3500 From Motown to Hip-Hop
    • AAS 3500 History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • AAS 3559 New Course in African & African American Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • AAS 3652 African American History Since 1865
  • AAS 4109 Civil Rights Movement and the Media
  • AAS 4500 Advanced Seminar in African-American & African Studies (Select Course Topics)
    • AAS 4500 Racial Geographies
  • AAS 4501 Advanced Research Seminar in African American and African Studies (Select Course Topics)
    • AAS 4501 Africa and the Atlantic
    • AAS 4501 Black Power
  • AAS 4559 New Course in African & African American Studies (Select Course Topics)
  • AAS 4845 Black Speculative Fiction
  • AMST 1559 American Exceptionalism
  • AMST 2155 Whiteness and Religion
  • AMST 2220 Race Identity in America
  • AMST 2300 Intro to U.S. Latino Studies
  • AMST 2420 Cultural Landscapes of the U.S.
  • AMST 2460 Language in the U.S.
  • AMST 3221 Hands-On Public History
  • AMST 3354 Race and Media
  • AMST 3355 Border Media
  • AMST 3407 Racial Borders and American Cinema
  • AMST 3465 America and the Global South
  • AMST 3559 New Course: AMST
    • AMST 3559 America and the Age of Revolution
    • AMST 3559 Digital Caribbean Studies
    • AMST 3559 Early Caribbean Writing
    • AMST 3559 Magic Tales Across the Americas
  • AMST 4403 Transamerican Encounters
  • AMST 4500 Seminar in American Studies
    • AMST 4500 Autobiography and Nationalism
    • AMST 4500 Documentary Film and the Civil Rights Movement
    • AMST 4500 Early American Literature
  • ANTH 2250 Nationalism, Racism, Multiculturalism
  • ANTH 2360 Don Juan and Castaneda
  • ANTH 2590 Social & Cultural Anthropology (Select Course Topics)
    • ANTH 2590 Racially Conscious Societies
  • ANTH 3154 Indians of the American Southwest
  • ANTH 3175 Native American Art: The Astor Collection
  • ANTH 3450 Native American Languages
  • ANTH 3830 North American Archaeology
  • ANTH 3870 Archaeology of Virginia
  • ARH 3701 Early American Architecture
  • ARH 3703 Nineteenth-Century American Architecture
  • ARH 3704 Twentieth-Century American Architecture
  • ARH 4500 Special Topics in Architectural History
    • ARH 4500 UVa History: Race and Repair
  • ARTH 2471 Art Since 1945
  • ARTH 2745 African American Art
  • ARTH 2752 American Art Since Reconstruction
  • ARTH 2753/AMST 2753 Arts & Cultures of the Slave South
  • ARTH 4591 Seminar in the History of Art (Select Course Topics)
    • ARTH 4591 Plantation South 1650-1850
  • DRAM 3070 African American Theatre
  • DRAM 3600 Modern American Drama
  • ENAM 3110 American Literature to 1865
  • ENAM 3120 American Literature Since 1865
  • ENAM 3130 African American Literature I
  • ENAM 3140 African American Literature II
  • ENAM 3240 Faulkner
  • ENAM 3500 Studies in American Literature (Select Course Tpoics)
    • ENAM 3500 The American 1920s
  • ENAM 3880 The Literature of the South
  • ENAM 3890 Mass Media and American Culture
  • ENAM 4500 Advanced Studies in American Literature (Select Course Topics)
    • ENAM 4500 American Drama
    • ENAM 4500 Ethnic Women's Fiction
  • ENAM 4840 Fictions of Black Identity
  • ENAM 5840 Contemporary African American Literature
  • ENCR 4500 Advanced Studies in Literary Criticism (Select Course Topics)
    • ENCR 4500 Race in American Places
  • ENLT 2513 Major Authors of American Literature (Select Course Topics)
    • ENLT 2513 Modern American Mythologies
  • ENLT 2514 Modern American Authors (Select Course Topics)
    • ENLT 2514 Modern American Novels
    • ENLT 2514 The Novel and the Nation
    • ENLT 2514 Social Protest Fiction
  • ENLT 2547 Black Writers in America
  • ENMC 3120 American Literature of the 20th Century
  • ENMC 3310 Major African American Poets
  • ENMC 3420 Modern Drama II
  • HIAF 4501 Seminar in African History (Select Course Topics)
    • HIAF 4501 Slave Society in Atlantic World
  • HILA 2001 Colonial Latin America, 1500-1824
  • HILA 2002 Modern Latin America, 1824-Present
  • HILA 3051 Modern Central America
  • HILA 3061 History of Modern Brazil
  • HILA 3111 Public Life in Modern Latin America
  • HILA 4501 Seminar in Latin American History (All Course Topics)
  • HILA 4511 Colloquium in Latin American History (All Course Topics)
  • HIST 3162 War and Society in the 20th Century
  • HIST 3201 History Museums and Interpretation
  • HIUS 2001 American History to 1865
  • HIUS 2002 American History Since 1865
  • HIUS 2071 American Power and Energies - A History of the United States
  • HIUS 2401 History of American Catholicism
  • HIUS 3011 The Colonial Period of American History
  • HIUS 3031 The Era of the American Revolution
  • HIUS 3051 The Age of Jefferson and Jackson, 1789-1845
  • HIUS 3071 The Coming of the Civil War
  • HIUS 3072 The Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIUS 3131 The Emergence Modern America, 1870-1930
  • HIUS 3161 Viewing America, 1940 to the Present
  • HIUS 3162 Digitizing America
  • HIUS 3231 Rise and Fall of the Slave South
  • HIUS 3232 The South in the 20th Century
  • HIUS 3281 History of Virginia to 1900
  • HIUS 3282 Virginia History, 1900-2018
  • HIUS 3455 History of U.S. Foreign Relations to 1914
  • HIUS 3471 History of American Labor
  • HIUS 3491 Rural Poverty in Our Time
  • HIUS 3611 Gender and Sexuality in America to 1865
  • HIUS 3612 Gender and Sexuality in America Since 1865
  • HIUS 3641 American Indian History
  • HIUS 3651 Afro-American History to 1865
  • HIUS 3652 Afro-American History Since 1865
  • HIUS 3654 Black Fire
  • HIUS 3671 History of the Civil Rights Movement
  • HIUS 3753 History of Modern American Law
  • HIUS 3851 Intellectual & Cultural History of the United States to 1865
  • HIUS 3852 Intellectual & Cultural History of the United States Since 1865
  • HIUS 4501 Seminar in United States History (Select Course Topics)
    • HIUS 4501 Black Power
    • HIUS 4501 The Civil War and the Constitution
    • HIUS 4501 The Coming of the Civil War
    • HIUS 4501 Gender History of the Civil War Era
    • HIUS 4501 Tocqueville's Democracy in America
  • LNGS 2220 Black English
  • LNGS 2240 Southern American English
  • MDST Courses (some courses restricted to MDST majors; check SIS)
    • MDST 3402 War and the Media
    • MDST 3502 Special Topics in Film Genre (Select Course Topics)
      • MDST 3502 Shooting the Western
    • MDST 3559 New Course: MDST
      • MDST 3559 The Wire
    • MDST 4200 Sex and Gender Go To The Movies
  • MUSI 2070 Popular Musics
  • MUSI 2080 American Music
  • MUSI 2120 History of Jazz Music
  • MUSI 3120 Jazz Studies
  • MUSI 4512 Studies in Jazz Literature
  • PLAN 3310 History of Cities and Planning
  • PLAP 2250 American Political Tradition
  • PLAP 3190 Judicial Process and Policy-Making
  • PLAP 3270 Public Opinion and American Democracy
  • PLAP 3350 American Congress
  • PLAP 3370 Workshop in Contemporary American Electoral Politics
  • PLAP 3700 Racial Politics
  • PLAP 3810 Constitutional Interpretation: Separation of Powers and Federalism
  • PLAP 3820 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • PLAP 4360 Campaigns and Elections
  • PLAP 4500 Special Topics in American Politics (Select Course Topics)
    • PLAP 4500 U.S. Immigration Politics
    • PLAP 4500 Virginia Elections and Politics
  • PLAP 4601 Democracy in America
  • PLAP 4841 Seminar: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • PLIR 4380 America in a World Economy
  • PLPT 3200 African American Political Thought
  • PLPT 4030 Democratic Theory
  • PLPT 4070 Liberalism and its Critics
  • PLPT 4305 American Political Thought
  • RELA 2850 Afro-Creole Religion in the Americas
  • RELA 3351 African Diaspora Religions
  • RELC 2401 History of American Catholicism
  • RELC 2559 New Course: RELC
    • RELC 2559 Kingdom of God in America
    • RELC 2559 African Americans and the Bible
  • RELC 3804 American Catholic Social Thought
  • RELC 4044 Religion and the American Courts
  • RELC 5230 Pentecostalism
  • RELG 2150 Religion in America to 1865
  • RELG 2155 Whiteness and Religion
  • RELG 2160 Religion in America Since 1865
  • RELG 2370 Religion After Jefferson
  • RELG 2559 New Course: RELG
    • RELG 2559 Religion After Jefferson
  • RELG 3200 Martin, Malcolm, and America
  • RELG 3360 Conquests and Religions
  • RELG 3780 Faulkner and the Bible
  • RELG 3800 African American Religious History
  • SPAN 3420 Survey of Latin American Literature I (Colonial to 1900)
  • SPAN 3430 Survey of Latin American Literature II (1900 to Present)
  • SPAN 4310 Latin American Women Writers from 1900 to the Present
  • SPAN 4311 Latin American Literature After 1900
  • SPAN 4319 Borges
  • SPAN 4320 Contemporary Latin-American Short Fiction
  • SPAN 4321 Contemporary Latin-American Novel
  • SPAN 4500 Special Topics Seminar: Literature (Select Course Topics)
    • SPAN 4500 Dictatorship in Latin American Literature
    • SPAN 4500 Interpreting Colonial Latin America
  • SPAN 4520 Special Topics Seminar: Culture and Civilization (Select Course Topics)
    • SPAN 4520 Hispano-Phillippine Studies
  • SPAN 4710 Latin American Culture and Civilization
  • SPAN 4712 Travelers in Latin America
  • SPAN 4715 Cuban Cinema
  • WGS 2224 Black Femininites and Masculinities in Media
  • WGS 2895 Front Lines of Social Change: Through the Lens of Gender, Race and Class
  • WGS 2897 Gender Violence and Social Justice
  • WGS 3200 Women, Gender, and Sports
  • WGS 3559 New Courses in Women, Gender and Sexuality (Select Course Topics)
    • WGS 3559 Geographies of Desire
    • WGS 3559 Intersectionality and Women
    • WGS 3559 Multiculturalism and Social Justice
  • WGS 3611 Gender and Sexuality in U.S to 1865
  • WGS 3612 Gender and Sexuality in U.S Since 1865
  • WGS 4200 Sex and Gender Go to the Movies

 

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