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In your college journey, not only do you need a map, but you also need traveling companions who share your same interests.  At the University of Southern Mississippi, student organizations provide avenues to meet those people. The College of Business and Economic Development has a number of student groups available to meet your needs.  Not only does being a part of an organization enhance your college experience, but it also opens many doors to your future.

College of Business and Economic Development students

This invitation-only, business honor society seeks to encourage scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, promote the advancement of education in the art and science of business, and foster integrity in the conduct of business activities. Beta Gamma Sigma chapters are only active at AACSB-accredited schools, which are the top 5% of business school programs around the world.

Faculty Advisory: Wanda Fennell

The Business Student Advisory Council is comprised of 1-2 officers from each student organization. The council serves as the voice of student needs, committed to improving the academic, social, and professional quality of education in the College of Business and Economic Development. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Bret Becton

This organization prepares business majors for the professional world by encouraging scholarship, social activity, and the association of students for their mutual advancement by research and practice.

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The mission of the Student Center for the Public Trust is to promote ethical thinking in the developing character and conscience of students. This organization is open for all students in the College of Business and Economic Development. The organization was recognized as Best New Student Organization at the 2020 SOAR Awards, hosted by the Office of Leadership and Student Involvement. 

Faculty Advisor: Dr.%20Marvin%20Bouillon

The purpose of this organization is to provide students with the necessary resources and opportunities to succeed in the world of business today as a female professional. Our goal is to provide women with a safe and comfortable space to network, build their skills, and grow both professionally and personally.

School of Accountancy students

Beta Alpha Psi is an accounting honor society. The purpose of this organization is to help accounting students better understand the professional requirements, laws, rules, and regulations governing the practice of accounting for the protection of future employers and clients. Members must have declared a concentration in accounting and have completed 3 or more semesters of accounting study.

Faculty Advisor: Julia%20Bradley

The goal of this organization is to help students grow as business professionals and accountants through networking, support, growth, professional development, and preparation of entering the career market. Our society strives to foster diversity, respect, inclusion, and social responsibility. All majors are welcome.

School of Finance students 

This sanctioned chapter of FMA International offers students an opportunity to be part of an exclusive network of finance professionals, practitioners, and students around the world by providing resources for job searching, careers in finance, finance certifications, furthering education and networking.

Faculty Advisors: Dr.%20Srinidhi%20Kanuri and Dr.%20Steven%20Stelk

This organization was created as an outlet for students to apply the concepts and tools taught in the finance major by investing in a real-time, mock portfolio.

Faculty Advisor: Dr.%20Srinidhi%20Kanuri and Dr.%20Steven%20Stelk

The goal of the Student Economic Development Association (SEDA) is to provide a student organization made up of both graduate and undergraduate students that want to pursue careers that will promote economic development on a local, regional, national, and international level.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Chad Miller 

School of Marketing students  

This professional association is for individuals who are leading the practice, teaching, and development of marketing worldwide. The chapter, which is open to all students interested in marketing, focuses on professional and leadership development, community service, and fundraising and is actively involved in the annual collegiate AMA conference where members learn, compete, and network in a professional marketing environment.

Faculty Advisors: Dr.%20Melinda%20McLelland%20and Dr.%20Katie%20Howie

This organization is open to all merchandising majors and any other enrolled student taking one or more Merchandising class. Membership in the organization promotes the professional development of the students enrolled in the Merchandising Program.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brigitte Burgess

This honor society, established in Spring 2017, is the first student organization for the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) program.

Faculty Advisor: Dr.%C2%A0Sungsoo%20Kim

The Sport Management Club is open to both undergraduate and graduate students and provides educational, social, and practical experiences for sport management majors and minors along with other majors as a means to network with business professionals.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Brandon Allen


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Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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