Discover. Experience. Thrive.
The Honors College at Southern Miss fosters a deep, communal engagement with ideas and an atmosphere of personal connection and achievement by providing students with small classes, opportunities for active learning, and research experiences.
We create a supportive and challenging intellectual community, promote attentive mentoring, and expose our students to cutting-edge scholars and artists. We encourage our students to seize opportunities and determine their own paths.
Our students graduate with the confidence to pursue their passions, the tools with which to chart a fulfilling future course, and a lifelong commitment to using their capacities for the public good.
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The Honors College is composed of more than 600 curious, imaginative, and aspiring scholars who strive for excellence, thrive on academic challenge, and serve and lead both on campus and in the community.
Students choose the Honors College at Southern Miss because they want a unique, challenging education with internationally renowned faculty. But there are a lot of other benefits to being a Southern Miss Honors Scholar, including experiential learning, an Honors living-learning community in beautiful Vann Hall, and opportunities for scholarships and undergraduate research. Learn more.
Honors Scholars have access to unique classes designed to encourage them to think creatively, be curious and investigative, and ask rich and complex questions.
Honors Colloquium, required for all first-year Honors College students, is a two-semester sequence that lays the foundation for students' development as Honors Scholars.
Honors Forum exposes students to a wide variety of cultural and scholarly experiences—plays; symphonies; poetry readings; art exhibits; talks by social workers, scientists, and journalists; and more!
Honors Seminars are courses specially designed for Honors Scholars by our award-winning faculty, and allow students to delve deeply into fascinating topics.
Six speakers. Six evenings that will change the way you think about the world.
Since 1974, University Forum has been the premier speaker series at The University of Southern Mississippi. Forum brings some of the most respected and innovative cultural, scientific, and artistic voices in the world to Southern Miss.