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School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

About Us

 Your Voyage of Exploration is about to Begin!


"You're in college? What's your major?"   That's always the first question, right? But for many students, there isn't one right answer to that question.

  • Maybe you are seeking a broad and flexible general education.
  • Maybe you seek solutions to a complex problem requiring knowledge from more than one field of study.
  • Maybe you just aren't sure you understand all the options available, and you'd like to explore a bit before you get pinned down. 
  • Maybe you've started in a major, but need to develop your learning and study skills in order to truly fulfill your potential.

Through a broad range of degree programs, intensive advising, and foundational coursework, we aim to foster independence of mind, a spirit of exploration and discovery, and an awareness of our common responsibility to work collaboratively towards solutions to complex problems. So take a look around. We're here to provide some maps, to make sure the boat doesn't leak, and you haven't forgotten your pocket handkerchiefs. Plotting the course is up to you.

About the School

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development (ISPD) offers follow programs:

Undergraduate Programs
Applied Technology BS  (AT BS)
Industrial Engineering Technology (Logistics) BS  (IET (Logistics) BS)
Industrial Engineering Technology BS (IET BS)
Industrial Engineering Technology Minor (IET Minor)
Interdisciplinary Studies (Land Management) BIS (IS (Land Management) BIS)
Interdisciplinary Studies BIS (IS BIS)
Liberal Studies BLS (LS BLS)

Graduate Programs
Human Capital Development MS  (HCD MS)
Human Capital Development (Instructional Technology and Design) MS (HCD-ITD MS)
Human Capital Development PhD  (HCD Ph.D.)
Human Capital Development (Instructional Technology and Design) PhD (HCD-ITD Ph.D.)
Logistics, Trade and Transportation MS  (LTT MS)
Instructional Technology and Design Graduate Certificate (ITD Graduate Certificate)
Women and Gender Studies - Master's and Doctorate Minors (Women & Gender Studies) 

Undergraduate Minors and Certificates
American Indian Studies
Black Studies
General Science
Industrial Engineering Technology
Women and Gender Studies
The Leadership Experience Certificate

ISPD offers advising and programming to Exploratory Students, and orientation, mentoring, and learning skills classes to all University students. ISPD is also home to the Center for Black Studies and the Center for American Indian Research and Studies.

We currently have ten faculty and three staff members, serving over 500 students on both the Hattiesburg and Gulf Park campuses, as well as offering most of our major coursework online.


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School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

110 Elizabeth Harkins Hall (EHH)
118 College Dr. #5112
Hattiesburg, MS 39406


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730 East Beach Blvd
North Academic Building
Room 228
Long Beach, MS 39560

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