Degrees: Hattiesburg

  • The degree program provides students with the fundamentals of accounting and prepares them for a variety of financial careers.
  • 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.
  • Graduates are prepared for professional careers in management positions in health care settings within or outside their allied health field. Allied health refers to areas such as respiratory therapy, dental hygiene, physical therapy and surgical technology.
  • 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 applied technology program emphasizes the practical application of business management and examines human resource development, production process planning and technological innovations.
  • The architectural engineering technology degree program provides a broad-based education with an emphasis on critical thinking, technical problem-solving ability, computer applications and a background in architectural design.
  • 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.
  • The athletic training degree plan prepares students for a board of certification exam that leads to certification as an athletic trainer, a professional who specializes in preventing, recognizing, managing and rehabilitating injuries that result from physical activity.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences is a general biology emphasis.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences includes an emphasis focusing on microbiology.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences includes an emphasis focusing on the ecology and the environment.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences includes an emphasis for teacher licensure.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences includes an emphasis focusing on molecular biology.
  • The entrepreneurship emphasis is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to develop, market and manage their own business.
  • The General Business emphasis is a broad degree preparing students for careers in a wide range of business settings.
  • The general chemistry degree offers the flexibility of elective hours that allow for a minor or double major.
  • The degree plan is a hybrid, incorporating the emphasis areas in biochemistry and American Chemical Society-certified chemistry.
  • The degree plan includes 48 hours of chemistry course work and results in certification by the American Chemical Society (ACS).
  • The biochemistry emphasis includes additional hours of biological sciences and senior-level biochemistry, preparing students for medical, dental and pharmacy schools, as well as biotechnology and pharmaceutical jobs.
  • The chemistry licensure option combines a chemistry curriculum with required education courses to produce an accredited teaching degree.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree in child and family studies prepares students to work with children and their families in educational, institutional and human service settings. This degree can lead to teaching licensure for pre-K and kindergarten classrooms.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree in child and family studies prepares students to work with children and their families in educational, institutional and human service settings.
  • 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 degree plan includes such areas as analog and digital circuits, computers, microprocessors, communications, microcontrollers and automation/control systems.
  • The bachelor’s degree program of study provides career-oriented computing education and concentrations in specific areas, such as software engineering or Web-centric computing.
  • The nation’s only accredited online program of its kind, the construction engineering technology program teaches students to coordinate and supervise a project from the conceptual development stage through final construction, and build a strong foundation for your career. This program is available in traditional format in Hattiesburg.
  • The criminal justice degree prepares students for a variety of law enforcement, corrections, security and investigative careers, as well as graduate or law school.
  • The criminal justice degree program with an emphasis in juvenile justice is designed to provide students with skills necessary to enter the profession with an eye toward working with a juvenile population.
  • 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 degree plan emphasizes a comprehensive communication philosophy, including manually coded English, American Sign Language and principles and techniques of aural-oral education and rehabilitation.
  • The degree plan offers opportunities for students to learn about the field of electronics, computers and other areas of engineering and technology.
  • Students pursuing an undergraduate degree with a major in elementary education will attain an elementary teacher’s license (certification for grade K-6), an endorsement in one content area and a supplemental reading endorsement.
  • Students pursuing an undergraduate degree with a major in elementary education will attain an elementary teacher’s license (certification for grade K-6), an endorsement in one content area and a supplemental reading endorsement.
  • 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 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.
  • Students choosing the finance emphasis are prepared for careers with banks and other financial institutions, securities firms and government agencies that oversee the financial sector.
  • The personal financial planning emphasis curriculum prepares students for successful completion of the Certificate in Financial Planning, as well as for the entry-level positions in the financial services industry.
  • Students choosing the real estate emphasis are prepared for careers in real estate sales, property management, financing and sales.
  • 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 forensic science program with an emphasis in anthropology is designed to provide students with skills necessary to enter the profession with an eye toward skeletal identification and related investigative tasks.
  • The forensic science program with an emphasis in criminal justice is designed to provide students the skills necessary to enter the profession with an eye toward field-related criminal investigative tasks
  • The forensic science program with an emphasis in physics is designed to provide students the skills necessary to enter the profession with an eye toward accident reconstruction, firearm ballistics and related investigative tasks.
  • The forensic science program with an emphasis in polymer science is designed to provide students the skills necessary to enter the profession with an eye toward polymer-related applications to criminal justice and related investigative tasks.
  • The forensic science program with an emphasis in biological sciences is designed to provide students the skills necessary to enter the profession with an eye toward DNA analysis and related identification/investigative tasks.
  • The forensic science program with an emphasis in chemistry and biochemistry is designed to provide students the skills necessary to enter the profession with an eye toward serology, toxicology, drug identification and related investigative tasks.
  • The geography program prepares students for careers in economic development, science and technology, providing instruction in geospatial science, area studies and international development, land-use analysis, resource management and more.
  • The geography GIT program provides the opportunity to study geospatial science (GIS, cartography and remote sensing) and its application to land-use analysis, environmental science, resource management and development.
  • The geology program offers a curriculum based on courses in liberal arts and sciences—including a range of Earth science topics—and culminates in upper-division geology courses.
  • The marine geology program offers a curriculum based on courses in liberal arts and sciences—including a range of Earth science topics—and culminates in upper-division geology courses with an emphasis in marine geology.
  • The environmental geology program offers a curriculum based on courses in liberal arts and sciences—including a range of Earth science topics—and culminates in upper-division geology and environmental courses.
  • The healthcare marketing major provides students with a blend of skills in marketing, sales, customer relations and communication, scientific knowledge, creativity and innovation. Students are prepared for careers in the diverse healthcare sector that includes the medical equipment, pharmaceutical, health insurance, and healthcare services industries.
  • 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.
  • Graduates with the hospitality degree are employed in entry-level management positions in one of the largest and fastest-growing industries in the world. Students develop general business and managerial skills applied specifically to the various tourism operating environments and applicable across all service based industries.
  • The dual Human Performance (Physical Education Licensure) B.S. / Sport Coaching Education B.S. degree plan is highly recommended as it provides a teacher licensure program to students who are interested in coaching in a K-12 school and teaching physical education.
  • The exercise science specialization prepares students who are seeking careers as health or fitness specialists in corporate and clinical settings.
  • The kinesiotherapy specialization prepares students seeking careers in adaptive physical education and rehabilitation settings.
  • The degree program in physical education licensure is designed to provide students with a foundation based in the movement sciences specific to professional preparation in PE K-12 teaching.
  • The industrial engineering technology degree offers students techniques of quantitative problem-solving methods, management science, economic analysis and operations management of industrial engineering and supply chain domain.
  • The major in industrial engineering technology is designed to prepare students to meet the growing demands of industry for employees with expertise in manufacturing processes, statistical quality control, production management, automation and computer-aided manufacturing.
  • The information technology program prepares its graduates for careers in business and industry planning, implementing and supporting complex information systems.
  • The information technology program prepares its graduates for careers in business and industry planning, implementing and supporting complex information systems.
  • The program serves business professionals interested in pursuing careers in the areas of administration, communication and/or development and training in government, health and private sectors.
  • The program prepares students for technology and teaching positions in business/industry, government, military, education, health and medicine and various training organizations.
  • The instructional technology emphasis serves both professional educators and those involved in instructional design, development and training in government, health and private sectors.
  • 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 interior design program provides a diverse, challenging and multidisciplinary perspective that encourages creative, professional and environmentally responsible design solutions for residential, commercial and institutional facilities.
  • The international business major is designed to prepare students for positions with international business firms operating in the global environment, as well as state and federal agencies involved in facilitating the export-import processes.
  • 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 library and information science degree can be used to obtain a variety of paraprofessional positions in libraries and other information environments, as well as to become certified as a school library media specialist.
  • The business administration management emphasis is a broad degree preparing students for careers in a wide range of business settings. The emphasis is appropriate for students who wish to obtain a business degree but who do not wish to specialize in a specific area of emphasis.
  • The human resource management emphasis is designed to provide students with the competencies needed to help organizations acquire, develop and retain the people whose efforts are crucial to organizational success.
  • The degree plans prepares graduates to work in industry to manage the networked businesses and processes involved in the flow of goods and services to customers.
  • The Bachelor of Science degree focuses on marine organisms and their environment.
  • The marketing major is designed to provide a broad-based business education and a strong knowledge of the basic marketing principles. The marketing curriculum develops the executive skills that are critical to success in all business occupations.
  • The B.S. in mathematics program includes courses in mathematics, computer sciences and a selected minor, preparing students for advanced study in mathematics, in other sciences or for technical opportunities in industry.
  • The program provides students the opportunity to follow a course of study leading to a B.S. in mathematics with licensure at the secondary level.
  • Medical laboratory science is a scientific health care discipline in which professionals diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent disease.
  • The curriculum in merchandising provides students the opportunity to pursue careers in the production, marketing and merchandising of textile and apparel products.
  • 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 nursing degree plan prepares students for entry-level positions in a variety of health care services, as well as the foundation for graduate study in nursing.
  • The didactic program in dietetics studies the role of food and nutrition in helping people achieve and maintain health throughout the life span. The B.S. degree is the first step in becoming a registered dietitian.
  • The nutrition science emphasis is suitable for students who wish to study nutrition but do not intend to enter into dietetics practice or pursue registered dietitian credentialing.
  • 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.
  • A B.S. degree in physics can prepare students for any career that requires analytical skills or quantitative work.
  • The physics licensure degree is intended for students who wish to teach physics at the high school level.
  • The political science major prepares students for careers in national, state and local governments, law, teaching, international service and related fields.
  • The Bachelor of Science program in polymer science, an interdisciplinary polymer science degree involving chemistry, physics, chemical engineering and biochemistry, studies the materials of everyday life and the development of new materials.
  • The first degree of its kind in Mississippi, the B.S. focuses is education and research in the areas of structure and processing of polymeric materials, and how these relate to properties and performance.
  • The undergraduate degree in psychology prepares students for entry-level jobs in many areas of the discipline of psychology or for advanced degrees in other professions.
  • The undergraduate degree in psychology prepares students for entry-level jobs in many areas of the discipline of psychology or for advanced degrees in other professions.
  • Graduates are prepared for professional careers in health education, research and service at a wide variety of health organizations.
  • Graduates are prepared for entry-level administration positions in various types of health care facilities, organizations and agencies.
  • The recreation administration degree plan offers professional preparation for employment in settings such as campus recreation, church recreation, park management and more.
  • Therapeutic recreation, often called recreation therapy, is a health care profession that utilizes recreation and activities to improve health and well-being.
  • 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.
  • The social work degree plan prepares students for generalist social work practice at the entry level within the social work profession – one of the most vital and fastest-growing professions in America and the world today.
  • 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 special education degree plan leads to licensure in mild/moderate disabilities (K-12) in the state of Mississippi.
  • The special education undergraduate program requires preparation in mild/moderate disabilities as well as study in two additional areas of emphasis.
  • The degree plan offers an overview of speech production and perception processes. Courses provide foundations for understanding normal and abnormal communication and methods of prevention and treatment.
  • The sport coaching education degree offers professional preparation to those who aspire to coach at the middle, junior high and high school levels.
  • The sport management degree plan prepares students to work in a variety of sport programming careers, such as professional, college, municipal or interscholastic sports administration.
  • 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.
  • The Tourism major develops decision-making, financial, and strategic management skills appropriate for careers in tourism, casino, resort, and hospitality industries. Students develop an understanding of the stakeholders and industry practices necessary for success in entry-level managerial positions in these industries or other general business sectors.