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Graduate School
The University of Mississippi

GradSHARK Launch PAAD – Southern Studies, MA

Undergraduate students interested in graduate study in Southern Studies can get a head start in earning a graduate degree through the GradSHARK Launch PAAD for Southern Studies.

Requirements to qualify:

  • 3.5 minimum GPA overall
  • 90 completed credit hours as an undergraduate


Number of credit hours a student can earn towards the graduate degree while completing their undergraduate studies:

15 credit hours

Courses* undergraduate students in the Launch PAAD can take to earn credit towards the graduate degree:

  • SST 533 Fieldwork and Oral History
  • SST 534 Documentary Photography
  • SST 535 Anthropological Films
  • SST 536 The Southern Environment
  • SST 537 Documenting the South in Film
  • SST 555 Foodways and Southern Culture
  • SST 556 Cultural Heritage Tourism
  • SST 560 Oral History of Southern Social Movements
  • SST 597 Special Topics
  • SST 598 Special Topics
  • SST 599 Special Topics


*Students who fail to reserve 500-level courses for graduate credit at the time they take the course will not receive graduate credit for the course (graduate level work must be completed to earn graduate credit). Reserving graduate credit with 500-level courses is required to ensure the Graduate School and instructor know the student must complete graduate credit requirements for the course. Students cannot later claim graduate credit for 500-level courses if they did not take the appropriate steps to notify the Graduate School prior to taking the course.

To Enroll:

Students must be accepted into the Launch PAAD and complete the requisite GradSHARK Launch PAAD Course Enrollment Form for this degree. The form must be received by the Graduate School (the form requires approval from your Undergraduate Advisor and the Graduate Program Coordinator for Civil Engineering). During each subsequent term, the student must submit a new enrollment form for this program if they wish to take courses that can count towards a graduate degree (students will not officially be registered for graduate courses until this form is complete).

For more information about participation in the GradSHARK Launch PAAD, guidelines, financial aid and available areas of study, please see the GradSHARK Launch PAAD homepage.