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School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

University Foundations

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 staff.

  • 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:


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