The School of Mass Communication and Journalism was formed through a merger of the departments of Journalism and Radio, Television, and Film in 2001. The school maintains the strengths, core values, and interests of the original departments while creating a new and stronger structure that facilitates efficiency, collaboration, creativity, adaptation to change, and an orientation toward the future.
Our programs enable students to learn the concepts and technical skills they will need to be productive and responsible contributors in the diverse fields of mass communication. We offer the state’s only comprehensive mass communication program that provides the full breadth (print and broadcast journalism, broadcast production, photojournalism, film, advertising and public relations) and depth (baccalaureate to doctoral degrees) of mass communication education. We offer the only programs in the state in film production and photojournalism and the only master's degree in public relations, and we are the only mass communication program in the state with a dual-campus responsibility (Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses). Our curricula also have a long-standing international orientation, including study-abroad opportunities in the United Kingdom and other countries.
The school is served by 18 full-time faculty members who have significant professional experience in their fields in addition to advanced academic degrees.
At present, we enroll more than 500 students. The cultural diversity of the student body of Southern Miss is unmatched by any other institution of higher learning in the state.