The Department of Interdisciplinary Studies administers academic courses designed
specifically for new students. These courses are intended to facilitate students’
transition to university life and seek to provide a common experience for first-year
students at Southern Miss, regardless of major.
The University Foundations consists of several courses that support student academic
success and provide structured opportunities for out-of-class learning. The over-arching
purpose of the program is to help students make successful transitions. These courses
encourage the development of active learning skills, promote responsible decision
making, facilitate exploration of academic majors and career planning, and help students
establish rewarding human relationships in college with peers, professors, and university
UNV 100 • Orientation is a one-hour course for all new students at Southern Miss.
UNV 110 • University Studies is a two-hour, letter-graded course for new freshmen that is an in-depth introduction
to the functions and resources of the university. It encourages the development of
active learning skills and promotes responsible decision-making.
UNV 301 • Transfer Student Success at Southern Miss is a two-hour, letter-graded course for new transfer students that explores transition
issues for transfer students, including strategies for minimizing “transfer shock”
and maximizing success at Southern Miss.
UNV 101 • Academic Support I is required for students enrolled in two or more intermediate-level (099) courses,
as well as those students enrolled in the Year-Long Academic Support Program (IHL
Policy Section 600-608-D). It consists of classroom, individual and computer-assisted
instruction along with career counseling (institutional credit only).
UNV 102 • Academic Support II is a continuation of UNV 101 for student enrolled in the Year-Long Academic Support
Program (institutional credit only).
UNV 250 • Strategic Learning focuses on the application of strategic management principles to college learning
with an emphasis on evaluating academic performance and initiating corrective adjustments.
Luckyday and Jump Scholars Programs
Students are allowed to complete courses through Interdisciplinary Studies as a part
of their acceptance and participation in the Luckyday and Jump Scholars programs.
Additional information can be found at the program webpages: