Created to foster the study of the American South, the Institute for Southern Studies serves as a link to the very rich research resources at the University of South Carolina as well as providing access to other important research facilities throughout the state. It brings together outstanding faculty specializing in the study of the South from a wide variety of disciplines for research, teaching, special seminars and public programs.
The Institute provides students with a variety of valuable, challenging courses and research projects, and the opportunity to earn a Minor in Southern Studies. Its public programs on campus, throughout the state and through public media extend its educational mission across the region and the nation. Through its scholarly publications the Institute fosters the continuing exploration of all aspects of this important region.