College of Arts & Letters

  • The advertising major teaches students the creative and business practices of the advertising profession and prepares them for positions as layout artists, copywriters, media planners and account executives.
  • The American Studies program offers an interdisciplinary major or minor for students interested in a broad liberal arts education.
  • Students will complete courses in cultural anthropology, physical anthropology, archaeology and anthropological linguistics.
  • The art degree is designed to give the student the opportunity to study art in an intense setting, but it also affords a broad liberal arts education.
  • The painting and drawing degree teaches all students an understanding of the expressive and investigative possibilities of the two-dimensional formal plastic arts.
  • Graphic design students will learn to work as both artist and communicator, using traditional artistic skills and advanced digital skills to create digital graphics.
  • With a growing national reputation, the sculpture program teaches proficiency in materials, processes and techniques, including clay, wood, metal, stone, plaster and multimedia.
  • Undergraduates choose to major in communication studies because they enjoy studying human interaction and because their studies will enhance their lives and careers.
  • Undergraduates choose to major in communication studies because they enjoy studying human interaction and because their studies will enhance their lives and careers.
  • The challenging and intensive four-year dance program is grounded in a comprehensive curriculum of dance technique (ballet and modern), choreography and performance.
  • The challenging and intensive four-year dance major program is grounded in a comprehensive curriculum of dance technique (ballet and modern), choreography and performance.
  • The quantitative (mathematics degree) economics track is designed to prepare students for the successful pursuit of higher degrees in economics and related academic disciplines requiring a strong background in mathematics and statistics.
  • The qualitative (social science degree) economics track provides a broadly based liberal arts education in “political economy,” an area of study that cuts across the normally separate domains of economics and politics.
  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English provides students with a structured program of study, progressing from foundational to upper-division courses in literary, creative and rhetorical studies.
  • The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English provides students with a structured program of study, progressing from foundational to upper-division courses in literary, creative and rhetorical studies. The licensure option prepares students for teaching positions in secondary schools.
  • The emphasis in film, available only on the Gulf Park campus, prepares students to work with large and small motion picture production companies, federal or state agency production units or as independent producers, directors or production specialists.
  • The emphasis in media production prepares students to work in advertising and program production in broadcasting and cable television, and with corporations, government agencies and other businesses that utilize video communication.
  • The management emphasis takes students through a thorough course of study of management and business principals and practices in today’s entertainment industry.
  • The production emphasis offers students audio-recording courses in the program’s state-of-the art recording studio, video production, live sound management and entertainment industry seminars.
  • The French emphasis degree plan prepares students for work in which a foreign language and cultural knowledge are required, or for graduate study.
  • The state’s only nationally accredited licensure program prepares students interested in teaching Spanish or French.
  • The Spanish emphasis degree plan prepares students for work in which a foreign language and cultural knowledge are required, or for graduate study.
  • Students interested in earning the degree in two languages can select between: • Arabic • French • German • Greek • Latin • Portuguese • Spanish
  • The Bachelor of Arts in history (B.A.) degree offers excellent training in critical reading and the analysis of evidence, the ability to form complex arguments and convey them in clear and persuasive prose, and an elaborate understanding of people, societies and historic change
  • The history B.A. with licensure in social studies 7-12 is a nationally recognized program with accreditation from the National Council for the Social Studies that offers excellent training in critical reading and the analysis of evidence, the ability to form complex arguments and convey them in clear and persuasive prose, and an elaborate understanding of people, societies and historic change.
  • The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) undergraduate program allows students to create interdisciplinary specialties in preparation for careers in a world where complex issues demand multi-faceted knowledge and skills.
  • The mission of the international studies program is to develop the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of students; to promote their interdisciplinary and cross-cultural expertise in world affairs; and to enhance their knowledge within a specific geographic concentration.
  • The mission of the international studies program is to develop the reading, writing and critical thinking skills of students; to promote their interdisciplinary and cross-cultural expertise in world affairs; and to enhance their knowledge within a specific geographic concentration.
  • The broadcast journalism program prepares students to enter the challenging and competitive field of radio and television news (traditional and online) as reporters or producers.
  • The news-editorial program is designed to prepare students for positions in the news media (print and online) as reporters, editors and writers. All news-editorial students are expected to do practical work on The Student Printz student newspaper.
  • The photojournalism program is designed to prepare students for positions in the news media (print and online) as photojournalists.
  • The public relations program is designed to prepare students for careers as public relations practitioners and as consultants in business and industry, nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies.
  • The music Bachelor of Arts program is a general music degree available from the internationally recognized School of Music.
  • The degree program leads to a Bachelor’s of Music with a foundation in the history and literature of music.
  • The degree program leads to a bachelor’s of music with a foundation in jazz studies.
  • The degree program leads to a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in performance with a percussion instrument.
  • The degree program leads to a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in performance with the piano.
  • The degree program leads to a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in performance with a stringed instrument.
  • The degree program leads to a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in vocal performance.
  • The degree program leads to a Bachelor of Music with an emphasis in performance with a wind instrument.
  • The degree program’s curriculum in music theory, music history, music education and music performance prepares students for the academic, musical,and social challenges of tomorrow.
  • The degree program’s curriculum in music theory, music history, music education and music performance prepares students for the academic, musical and social challenges of tomorrow.
  • The Southern Miss paralegal studies program provides students with a well-rounded liberal arts education, including the legal terminology, concepts and skills necessary to function effectively in the legal profession, whether in a private law firm, government or business environment.
  • The mission of the Department of Philosophy and Religion is to offer opportunities for engagement with historical and contemporary areas of philosophy and with the religious traditions of the world.
  • The political science major prepares students for careers in national, state and local governments, law, teaching, international service and related fields.
  • The purpose of the Bachelor of Arts in religion program is to teach students the art of critical thinking; to challenge them to think creatively; and to lead them to make a deliberate and rational attempt to understand both the whole and the parts of their experience for the purpose of obtaining wisdom for effective living.
  • Sociology provides insights into a wide array of social situations and environments and is an appropriate degree for work in areas such as public health, consumer safety, employee relations and civil rights. Students learn to think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively.
  • Sociology provides insights into a wide array of social situations and environments and is an appropriate degree for work in areas such as public health, consumer safety, employee relations and civil rights. Students learn to think critically, solve problems and communicate effectively.
  • The Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting is designed for students who are serious about specialization in acting, with an eye toward professional acting or further study at the graduate level.
  • At Southern Miss, student artists in the B.F.A. programs are expected to work with all other students, faculty and staff in a team effort to produce our exciting and demanding season. Our conviction is that everyone must collaborate and learn as many areas of the theatre as possible.
  • At Southern Miss, student artists in the B.F.A. programs are expected to work with all other students, faculty and staff in a team effort to produce our exciting and demanding season. B.F.A. students are expected to take more classes in the specific areas of design and technology and to be more actively engaged in production than their Bachelor of Arts counterparts.