Course descriptions

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304. Issues in America. 3 hrs. Topics vary according to professor and department in which the course is offered. May be repeated for credit if content varies

403. Seminar in American Studies. 3 hrs. Required of American Studies majors during senior year; open to other majors with permission of professor

404. Issues in America. 3 hrs. Topics vary according to professor and department in which the course is offered. May be repeated for credit if content varies

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. Students undertaking a Senior Honors Project will enroll in AMS H492.

499. British Studies: Anglo-American Studies. 3-6 hrs. A seminar conducted in Great Britain under the auspices of the Southern Miss Institute of Anglo-American Studies


101. Introduction to Interdisciplinary Inquiry. 3 hrs. Interdisciplinary inquiry allows students to explore a specific topic from a variety of perspectives. Topics and disciplines will vary with faculty and student interests.

181. Explorations in Service Learning. 1-6 hrs. This course will connect a hands-on service experience with the academic reflection integral to the interdisciplinary practice of service-learning.

201. Interdisciplinary Studies Seminar. 1hr. Prerequisites: IDS301; permission of instructor. Introduces the principles of integrative learning and results in the creation of the student's BIS degree plan.

301. Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: ENG 101, 102. Permission of Department required to enroll. Course for majors only. Students learn from a scholar-team how various disciplines complement one another to reach beyond the limitations of a single discipline.

350. Topics in Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 hrs. Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor required.  Explores variable topics and themes from an interdisciplinary perspective.  May be repeated to 6 hours with a different topic/theme.

351. Leadership Development for Community Living. 3 hrs. This course explores the interdisciplinary skills and techniques needed to change the policies, programs and/or systems that affect people with disabilities and their families.

401. Applied Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 hrs. Prerequisites: IDS 301. Students research and design an individualized project integrating disciplinary and interdisciplinary training to advance knowledge in their selected concentration area.

402. Integrative Capstone Experience. 3 hrs. Prerequisite(s): IDS 401. Students execute and present the substantial integrative research project designed in IDS 401.

491. Practicum in Interdisciplinary Studies. 1-9 hrs. Permission of instructor required. Practicum experience for students involved in Interdisciplinary Studies research or projects.

492. Special Problems in Interdisciplinary Studies. 3 hrs. Departmental consent required. This course allows students to explore special problems from an interdisciplinary perspective.


199. Study Abroad. 3-6 hrs. International study abroad for freshmen and sophomores

490. Internship in International Studies. 3-6 hrs. Internship in a government agency, business or community or educational organization with an international orientation. Open only to International Studies majors who have achieved junior status

491. Senior Seminar in International Studies. 3 hrs. Undergraduate seminar required of International Studies majors

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs

496. Latin American Studies. 3-6 hrs. Lecture series and research in Latin American Studies offered abroad under the auspices of the Center for International Education

497. European Studies. 3-6 hrs. Lecture series and research in European studies offered abroad under the auspices of the Center for International Education

498. Asian Studies. 3-6 hrs. Lecture series and research in Asian studies offered abroad under the auspices for the Center for International Education

499. Seminar in International Studies. 3-6 hrs. Study of selected topics in international affairs with particular attention to diplomatic, security, economic and environmental policy analysis


131. Comparative Religion. 3 hrs. The study of religion as an aspect of human culture with attention to both Christian and non-Christian religions

303. Introduction to Islam. 3 hrs. This courses aquaints students with Islamic religion, philosophy, culture and history

304. Survey of Islamic History. 3 hrs. To provide undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about the evolution of Islamic history and culture

320. Tibetan Religions. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: REL 131. An examination of some of the varieties of religious forms found in Tibetan culture areas following historical, anthropological and philosophical approaches

322. Native American Religions. 3 hrs. This course surveys varieties of religiosity found in the indigenous western hemisphere, both contemporary and historical

324. Religion and Animals. 3 hrs. This comparative religions course explores the roles of nonhuman animals in human religions and societies

326. Religions of India. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: REL 131. This course surveys the variety of religions in India including Brahmanism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Islam, Sikhism, and Christianity.

333. The Hebrew Bible. 3 hrs. A study of the major themes and history of the Jewish religion

334. New Testament. 3 hrs. In this course students are introduces to the academic study of the New Testament through critical readings of primary and secondary texts

335. The Life of Jesus. 3 hrs. A study of the major themes and history of the Christian religion

336. The Christian Tradition. 3 hrs. This course provides the student with a survey of the Christian religion

338. The American Religious Experience. 3 hrs. This course provides the student with a survey of the religious phenomena in America

350. Religion and Violence. 3 hrs. A study of the global phenomena of religiously motivated violence by tracing its history, assessing the current situation and considering prospects for the future

351. Theories of Religious Experience. 3 hrs. A study of the nature of the religious phenomena as it is reflected in human experience, including responses to the critique of both modernism and postmodernism

424. Religion and Healing. 3 hrs. This course studies several examples of religious healing practices found in ethnographic literature creating a dialogue between indigenous and academic theories of healing

430. Buddhism. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: REL 131. This course surveys Buddhist religions and cultures. Topics include Indian origins, philosophical schools, ritual practice, and historical development.

432. Mysticism. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: REL 131. A capstone course exploring mystical practices as found in ethnographic texts. Students pursue an interdisciplinary approach drawing on several models of mysticism

445. Modern Islamic Thought. 3 hrs. An examination of Islamic political movements and their development. Attention will be paid to law, government, relations with non-Muslims and the ethics of violent conflict

446. Women in Islam. 3 hrs. A study of Muslim views of women, focusing on scripture, law, early Islamic history and the works of reformers and Islamists in the Middle East and South Asia

460. Global Religious Ethics. 3 hrs. This course engages the student in the process of cross cultural, inter-religious ethics formation, by which a comparative analysis of various religiously based ethical systems leads to a consensual statement

480. Senior Capstone in Religion. 3 hrs. A capstone course for religion majors, focusing on advanced content and method in the study of religion.

490. Issues in Religion. 3 hrs. An examination of specific problems within the broad spectrum of contemporary religious concern

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. Directed individual study; may be taken for a total of nine hours

499. Religious Studies Abroad. 3-6 hrs. The study of religious themes in various parts of the world; offered abroad through the Center for International Education


301. Introduction to Women’s Studies. 3 hrs. Introduces the interdisciplinary area of Women’s Studies through readings, guest lectures and discussions

310. Ancient and Medieval Women. 3 hrs. Introduces students to women in ancient and medieval Europe, their roles, the attitudes about women, perceptions of their strengths and weaknesses

329. Women in Modern European History. 3 hrs. Provides an introduction to the role of women in modern European history from 1500 to the present

401. African Women Writers. 3 hrs. A study of major contemporary African women writers

402. American Women Writers. 3 hrs. Emphasis on literature written by American women writers. Variable content<

403. British Women Writers. 3 hrs. Emphasizes literature written by British women writers. Variable content

410. Women in American Society. 3 hrs. A survey of the experience of American women from the colonial period to the present with emphasis on the evolution of women’s role in society to changing economic and social conditions

420. Women and Politics. 3 hrs. Examines feminist political theory, the role and status of women in U.S. politics and public policy issues related to women

425. Sociology of Gender. 3 hrs. A study of the relationship between gender and broader cultural patterns in various societies

427. Family Law. 3 hrs. A study of common law and statutory concepts of family relationships emphasizing legal remedies to crime in the family

428. Family Violence, Investigation, and Deterrence. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: CJ 463 or consent of the instructor. A study of child and spouse abuse within the family emphasizing detection, investigation, and deterrence

450. Seminar in Women’s Studies. 3 hrs. Examines specific Women’s Studies topics in depth

490. Directed Research in Women’s Studies. 1-3 hrs. Consent of instructor; enables students to engage in a research project or practicum involving Women’s Studies


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

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