USM is one of only 40 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music.
Arts and Academics
When you think Arts, think Southern Miss
The School of Music is dedicated to its longstanding international reputation for musical excellence, providing a myriad of musical and educational opportunities for the professional and artistic growth of our student musicians.
Here you will work side-by-side with distinguished faculty who have performed on world-class stages and teach at festivals and conferences around the globe. Find yourself performing in ensembles including The Southern Chorale, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble and the Steel Pan Orchestra at regional, national and international events as well as attending master classes with guest artists.
Performing and Visual Arts
The School of Performing and Visual Arts houses undergraduate programs in art, graphic design, painting and drawing, sculpture, dance performance and choreography, dance education, theatre, theatre performance, and theatre design and technology.
Graduate programs are offered in theatre performance, theatre design and technology, and directing.
The school produces exhibitions and performances throughout the year, and students are highly engaged in practice in the arts.
English (Creative Writing)
The School of Humanities is comprised of the major disciplines of English, history, philosophy and religion. In other words, we are the school that examines and celebrates the human capacity for expression, empathy and critical evaluation.
The Creative Writing program in our School's Center for Writers offers courses and workshops in fiction, nonfiction, prose and poetry, taught by distinguished faculty who are widely published in their field. Students in the program can work toward an MA or PhD in English with an emphasis in creative writing and are afforded opportunities to study with internationally acclaimed resident and visiting authors.
The Latest on Our Vibrant Arts Community
USM Center for Writers to Virtually Host Visiting Writers Series
The Center for Writers will feature four acclaimed poets at USM’s virtual Visiting Writers Series for 2020-21. Although the pandemic has brought about much uncertainty, the familiarity of the Visiting Writers Series provides a comfort to the Hattiesburg and Southern Miss communities.
International Photo Exhibition Highlights Social Justice, COVID-19
USM Museum of Art and School of Performing and Visual Arts will present “2020: An International Juried Photography Exhibition,” an online exhibit featuring photographs taken by artists and photographers from around the globe highlighting social justice and COVID-19. Juried by local artist and documentary fine art photographer Betty Press, this virtual exhibition will feature a powerful collection of 60 works by 50 photographers.
USM Alumnus Jeffrey Murdock Wins Grammy Educator of the Year
With the help of a family friend who paid for then five-year old Jeffrey Murdock to take piano lessons, the seed was planted for USM alumnus to be on a trajectory to pay it forward, with that same generous spirit, to help young people from all walks of life discover their own musical talents.
Now a music professor at the University of Arkansas, Dr. Jeffrey Murdock is recipient of the 2021 Grammy Music Educator award in the 63rd edition of the famed recognition ceremony, which honors achievements in the music industry.
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