The Department of American Studies offers a major and a minor, both with interdisciplinary approaches that empower students to value the complexity of the US by engaging with a variety of historical, literary, artistic, political, social, and ethnic perspectives.
As an American Studies major, you can complete a concentration in Southern Studies, with requires completion of nine courses that focus on Southern culture.
Considering graduate school? You can get a PhD in American Studies at UNC.
The Center for the Study of the American South extends the historic role of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the world’s premier institution for research, teaching, and public dialogue on the history, culture, and contemporary experience of the southern United States. The Center promotes initiatives in the University's tradition of regional service and scholarship.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the world’s best-equipped institution to study The American South. Carolina’s scholars and research collections are unparalleled resources for the study of Southern history, folklore, literature, and arts. The University’s social scientists and technical experts offer informed visions for its future. UNC’S institutional resources on the South include the Southern Historical Collection, the Southern Folklife Collection, the Research Laboratories in Archaeology, the Odum Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, southern collections at UNC’s Ackland Museum of Art, and The Center for the Study of the American South (CSAS), which houses the Southern Oral History Program and the award-winning journal Southern Cultures.