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Minor in Southern Studies

Statement of Purpose

The minor in Southern Studies is a multidisciplinary concentration of courses and academic experiences that seeks to promote a better understanding of the American South and, thereby, to prepare students to be more responsible citizens and more effective leaders of that increasingly important region of the United States.

Curriculum

To earn the minor in Southern Studies, students must complete 18 hours of course work from the menu provided below. Students must take at least one course in each of the three designated departments. Students may count no more than three courses in any one of the departments toward the requirements for the minor. Courses used to satisfy elective requirements in a student’s major may also be used to satisfy elective requirements in the minor in Southern Studies. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on the courses taken to satisfy the requirements for the minor in Southern Studies.

(A) English

  • ENGL 338: African American Literature to 1940
  • ENGL 339: African American Literature 1940 to the Present
  • ENGL 340: Southern Literature to 1900
  • ENGL 348: Twentieth Century Southern Literature
  • OTHER: Any Special Topics Course, Independent Study Project, or Academic Internship whose primary focus is the American South and which is approved by the Director of the program.

(B) History

  • HIST 304: The Civil War
  • HIST 309 (402): South Carolina History
  • HIST 312 (409): The Modern Civil Rights Movement
  • HIST 316 (406): The Old South
  • HIST 317 (407): The New South
  • OTHER: Any Special Topics Course, Independent Study Project, or Academic Internship whose primary focus is the American South and which is approved by the Director of the program.

(C) Political Science and Criminal Justice

  • PSCI 307: Southern Politics
  • PSCI 311: The Civil Rights Movement and American Politics
  • OTHER: Any Special Topics Course, Independent Study Project, or Academic Internship whose primary focus is the American South and which is approved by the Director of the program.

Internship or Independent Research Project

As part of the 18 hours of course work, students minoring in Southern Studies are required to complete successfully at least one of the following two academic experiences:

(A) Internship in Southern Studies: an academic internship in some aspect of southern studies with an appropriate agency or institution. Examples include: the South Carolina Historical Society; the Historic Charleston Foundation; the Charleston Museum; and the offices of federal, state, and local government.

(B) Independent Research Project: on a topic dealing with the American South. The research project should lead to a paper of approximately thirty (30) pages in length that is based on both primary and secondary sources and directed by a professor with expertise in the subject under investigation. The paper must be read and approved by, and defended before, faculty members from two different departments with expertise in the area of study.

Students must submit their proposals to undertake internships or independent study projects in advance to the Director of the program for his or her approval. No student will be allowed to receive credit for these exercises without the approval of the Director.

Declaration of Minor

Students who wish to earn the minor in Southern Studies must file a declaration of intent with the Director of the program by the beginning of their junior year. This declaration must outline the projected course of study and be approved by the Director.

Total Credit Hours Required

A total of EIGHTEEN credit hours is required, of which TWELVE must be completed at the Citadel.

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