Your Voyage of Exploration is about to Begin!
At Southern Miss, you can design an academic path that incorporates your interests and talents through the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS). In the BIS, you take charge of your own learning. You may select two concentrations from a large selection of academic minors or design your own approved concentrations from a variety of disciplines and courses offered by USM. Students can also choose from four currently offered concentrations, e.g. Environmental Studies.
What Will I Learn?
Through foundational coursework and research, we aim to foster independence of mind, a spirit of exploration and discovery, and an awareness of our common responsibility to work collaboratively across disciplines towards solutions to complex problems.
Once you have established your concentrations, you will develop a research project that incorporates knowledge from your concentrations. Over a three-course research design process, you will design, implement, and present your research, while also honing writing and speaking skills. We encourage projects that involve applying knowledge in real-life settings.
Work with faculty from multiple disciplines
We have an excellent undergraduate program with about 150 undergrad majors, all participating in undergraduate research. Our faculty are at the forefront of their fields, but always make time for students, and often perform research side by side with the students in their classes.
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- Law and Human Rights Advocacy
- Nonprofit Work
- Land Management
- Environmental Research
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