Career Readiness

Career Readiness

The College of Arts & Letters and The University of Southern Mississippi offer a variety of resources to assist students with identifying employment possibilities as they near graduation.


CAL 360

Employers seek new professionals who possess not only technical or discipline-based knowledge, but also the so-called “soft skills” needed to be successful in the workplace: the ability to work in teams and resolve conflicts, effective written and oral communication, critical thinking and creative problem-solving, research skills, and the timing and knowledge for demonstrating initiative. 

CAL 360 is a 1-credit course offered each spring that is designed to help Arts & Letters students translate and hone the discipline-based knowledge and skills from their majors into a set of applied and soft skills for workplace success. 

Students also prepare cover letters and résumés, practice interviewing, and learn about career options for arts, humanities, and social science majors. CAL 360 will be available for both Hattiesburg and Coast students.

Click the image to learn more about CAL 360, or email Dr. Eric Tribunella with any questions.


Graduate School

Some students elect to apply to graduate school in order to receive advanced instruction in their discipline or prepare for professions that require or benefit from post-graduate work. 

The College of Arts & Letters hosts pre-law week for students interested in considering legal professions, and the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society hosts an annual forum about what students need to know about applying to graduate schools. 

The College of Arts & Letters offers graduate programs in Anthropology, Communication Studies, English (literature and creative writing), Teaching Languages (French, Spanish, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), History, Mass Communication and Public Relations, Music, Political Science, International Development, and Theatre.


Jobs for Eagles

Jobs for EaglesJobs for Eagles is an online database maintained by Southern Miss that has listings for full-and part-time jobs and internships, both on and off campus.

Once you log in, you will answer questions about your skills, career interests, and preferred job location, and Jobs for Eagles will show you available jobs that match your description. Log in or create an account




Career ShiftCareerShift is an online service Southern Miss subscribes to that allows you to search, store & record multiple job listings at every job board & company with job postings, giving you access to thousands of opportunities. It also provides detailed information on companies and contacts, and allows you to upload and store multiple resumes and cover letters. CareerShift requires a code to log in; Southern Miss students should call Career Services at 601.266.4153 for access to the free code.


Career Services, Hattiesburg

Mary Beard

Mary Beard
Manager, Career Counseling
Arts and Letters Liaison

Located in McLemore Hall Room 125, Career Services offers career counseling to students preparing to enter the job market, helps students prepare résumés and cover letters, schedules practice interviews, provides resources to help match student interests with career options, and offers workshops on job search skills.

College of Arts & Letters liaison and career counselor Mary Beard is available to meet with students about the resources available at Career Services. 

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Career Services, Gulf Park

Jona Burton

Jona Burton
Assistant Director of Career Services, Gulf Park
Hardy Hal 240, Gulf Park Campus, Long Beach

Southern Miss Gulf Coast Career Services Office exists to help make connections between students, alumni and employers.

For students who are searching for a major, building a résumé or looking into different career options, we are here to assist you with discovering your path to success!


Featured Alumni

Each year, the College of Arts & Letters honors accomplished alumni who have employed their degrees to make a significant impact on their chosen field and who have demonstrated a commitment to the value of the arts, humanities, and social science disciplines represented in the College.  Read their profiles to learn about how they used their Arts & Letters majors in their careers.

Lindsey “Katie” Jack

Katie JackIn 2017, Ms. Lindsey “Katie” Jack, Class of 2003, was honored with the College of Arts and Letters Distinguished Alumni Award. Ms. Jack, who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communication, went on to a distinguished career managing logistics and protocol for presidential candidates and U.S. government officials. 

She began her career by helping plan and execute the opening of the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library and Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas. She became the special assistant to the office of Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton from 2005-2009 and then served eight years as a presidential appointee in the Obama Administration at the Department of State. 

Most recently, Ms. Jack served as senior advisor to the United States Chief of Protocol, and in that capacity worked as the primary liaison to all federal agencies and departments on matters pertaining to protocol. In her role as senior gifts officer, Ms. Jack was responsible for creating, commissioning and procuring gifts for foreign dignitaries on behalf of President Obama, Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Clinton and Secretary of State Kerry. During her time with the State Department, she coordinated over 1,500 gifts and traveled to 27 countries with President and Mrs. Obama.

Rachel Rizzuto

Rachel RizzutoMs. Rachel Rizzuto graduated summa cum laude in 2009 with a BA in English, a BFA in dance, and a minor in Latin. She was the 2017 recipient of the College of Arts and Letters New Alumni Award. 

Shortly after graduation, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in modern dance.  She became a founding member of MMDC, a Brooklyn-based modern dance company that has performed nationally and internationally.

In 2015, she founded her own dance company, touche pas (French for “don’t touch!”), an interdisciplinary collective dedicated to utilizing large casts and performing only to live music. 

After interning with Dance Teacher magazine, she joined the staff full time as an assistant editor and writer in 2013.  She was promoted to associate editor in 2016 and has written over five cover stories for the magazine. 

Additionally, she writes for its sister publications, including Pointe and Dance Magazine, and pens dance reviews for  

In the News

Recent news articles discuss the value of the arts, humanities, and social sciences and how they can prepare students for successful and fulfilling careers.