Welcome prospective students, current students, and alumnae

The Department has undergone some notable changes in the past decade. We added the International Development Ph.D. program in 2004, and in 2010, the undergraduate economics program left the College of Business and became part of the department.

Today, as a result, we offer undergraduate degrees in political science, legal studies, economics, and American studies. We offer a masters of science in international development, a masters of arts in political science, and a Ph.D. in international development. The department offers minors in political science, American studies, economics, legal studies, human rights, and campaigns and elections.

The department also offers undergraduate scholarships in political science, pre-law, legal studies, and American studies. These are awarded on an annual basis, with the application process taking place in the spring for the next academic school year. As well, we offer one multi-year scholarship, the Evelyn Gandy Award, to a student who is beginning his or her junior year. Unlike our other scholarships, this award is a full presidential level scholarship and is awarded for two years (it will be next awarded for the 2017/2018 academic year).

The department is also home to a number of student organizations: Pi Sigma Alpha (the political science honor society); the Legal Society; the Southern Miss Political Society (open to anyone with an interest in politics); the Pre-Law Society and the Future Black Law Students Association (both of which are open to any student interested in attending law school).

Faculty members include nine political scientists, four economists, three lawyers (legal studies faculty), and one geographer. Faculty research and teaching interests include religion and politics; media and popular political culture; race theory; human rights and protest movements; economics in the Middle East; the economics of health, technology, development, and sovereignty among others. All full time faculty have advanced degrees from a wide spectrum of universities including University of Florida, University of Michigan, University of Georgia, Wisconsin at Milwaukee, University of Utah, University of Pennsylvania, North Texas University, Southern Illinois, Old Dominion, Ole Miss, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Louisiana State University.