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The Arts

USM is one of only 37 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.

School of Music

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.

School of Performing and Visual 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. 


Center for Writers

Arts News

 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.

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Artists Capture Images of Hattiesburg Voting Rights Advocates for Photo Project

Two Hattiesburg artists with ties to the USM Art and Design program recently contributed their talents to a photography project that spotlighted area female civil rights advocates whose work in the 1960s to gain the right to vote for African-Americans etched their names in history..

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USM Alumnus is Finalist for Grammy Award

After seeing how racial injustice and socio-economic barriers can form barriers in the development of young musical talent, University of Southern Mississippi alumnus Dr. Jeffrey Murdock has committed himself to knocking them down. And for that work in making a positive change in the lives of young people who, with access to resources and mentorship could go on to win a Grammy, Dr. Murdock is himself a finalist for the award.

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