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    University of Southern Mississippi
   
 
  Dec 11, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

College of Arts and Letters


 

Maureen Ryan, Dean
Eric Tribunella, Senior Associate Dean
Julie Reid, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs
Deanne Nuwer, Associate Dean, Gulf Coast
Jay Dean, Associate Dean for the Arts
118 College Drive, Box 5004
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
601.266.4315

Mission

Through its foundational disciplines, the College of Arts and Letters prepares a diverse student body for lives as responsible and engaged citizens by enhancing cultural awareness, moral and aesthetic sensitivity, ethical reflection and a love of learning. Our graduates are nimble, adaptable, creative, and therefore able to respond to ever-changing global circumstances and environments.

Vision

The College aspires to develop or enhance nationally and internationally recognized undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in areas that take advantage of our history, culture and location in the Gulf South and contribute to the well-being of the region. The college further endeavors to create a sustainable financial model that enables the envisioned future.

Values

The College values its role of serving a diverse student body at the University by exposing students to a core of essential knowledge which:

  1. develops the fundamental skills of critical reading and thinking, as well as effective oral and written communication;
  2. provides knowledge in the visual and performing arts, humanities and social sciences for all undergraduates;
  3. fosters an understanding and appreciation of the breadth and diversity of the human condition, including the roles of gender, race, ethnicity, and culture;
  4. and supports a varied array of cultural, aesthetic and educational experiences that enrich student lives and those of the academic and larger community that surrounds them.

Organization

As the chart of academic offerings on the previous pages shows, the College of Arts and Letters is organized around two schools and 13 departments. In the sections below, the academic units of the college are listed in alphabetical order.

Since curricular requirements vary for each major, students desiring degrees from the College of Arts and Letters should follow the courses outlined under each school, department or program of study.

Standards for Admission and Transfer

High school graduates and transfer students from other accredited colleges or universities may be admitted directly into the College of Arts and Letters and their chosen major programs, with a few exceptions. Some programs have admission standards or audition requirements and students should refer to the individual program listings below for specific requirements. Students entering the college will be assigned to an appropriate faculty member for academic advisement.

Foreign Language Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degrees in traditional liberal arts majors require proficiency in a foreign language to be chosen from any one of the following: Chinese, French, German, classical Greek, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. Not all of these languages will be available every year.

The foreign language requirement is usually met with the completion of course level 202 or equivalent CLEP credit.

Students are encouraged to begin their study of foreign language during the first semester of their freshman year. Students with previous language exposure (heritage speakers or high school experience) who begin at higher levels (i.e., 102, 201 or 202) may petition the department of their major for preceding courses to be waived. With the approval of their department chair and the dean, international students may use their native language as an exemption from this requirement.

Students with previous experience are encouraged to contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at 601.266.4964 for advising on proper enrollment. Up to 12 hours of course credit in French, German or Spanish can be acquired through the CLEP examination – see Credit by Examination  section under General Academic Information  in this Bulletin or contact the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Students within the College of Arts and Letters are required to earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all coursework attempted at Southern Miss. Additionally, they are required to earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 on all coursework attempted at all institutions overall, as well as within the major and minor.

Study Abroad

In cooperation with the Office of Study Abroad, the College of Arts and Letters strongly encourages its students to take advantage of the many offers to study abroad. Summer credit-abroad programs are offered in many countries, including England, Austria, France, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, Scotland, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Spain; moreover, there are many year-long and semester-long programs of study are available. Academic credit for study abroad may be used to satisfy requirements within the major or minor. Many students find study abroad a good way to complete their language requirement. Financial aid may be applied toward the cost of Southern Miss international programs.

For details on the college's study-abroad programs, students should consult their adviser or the Office of Study Abroad at 601.266.4344.

Transfer Credits

Students who matriculate at Southern Miss as College of Arts and Letters majors may not subsequently attend another institution of higher learning (e.g., community/junior college, four-year college or university) with the intention of transferring courses taken at these institutions back to their Southern Miss degree program unless they have received prior approval to take such courses by their adviser, department chair and college dean.

Southern Miss students who take courses at another institution of higher learning without obtaining prior written approval of their adviser, chair and dean may petition their adviser, chair and dean for inclusion of such courses in their Southern Miss degree program, but approval will be granted only if the reasons for not obtaining prior approval are substantial and warrant such an exception to the above-stated policy. In all but the most unusual circumstances, Southern Miss students who take courses at another institution to repeat courses already taken at Southern Miss will not be allowed to count these courses toward the completion of the Southern Miss degree.

Southern Miss students majoring in degree programs outside the College of Arts and Letters who subsequently request transfer into one of the College of Arts and Letters degree programs must meet all of the above conditions or receive prior approval by their new chair and dean for any exceptions.

Teacher Education Programs and Requirements

The College of Arts and Letters offers several programs leading to licensure at the K-12 or secondary level.

The Gold Card serves as documentation that a student has met all admission requirements and has been officially admitted into an undergraduate, initial licensure teacher preparation program within the Professional Education Unit at The University of Southern Mississippi.

The following requirements must be met for the Gold Card:

  • Completion of a core curriculum of pre-major coursework
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.75 on the 44 semester-hour core curriculum of pre-major coursework
  • A grade of "C" or better in freshman English Composition I and II
  • Good academic standing at Southern Miss (a student on probation, probation continued, or suspension status cannot be admitted to teacher education until the transcript reflects good academic standing)
  • A clear background check via the system currently selected by the Southern Miss Professional Education Council. Students who pass the background check process will be issued a background check badge.
  • All candidates must subscribe to the Tk20 assessment system. Tk20 provides an electronic portfolio and storage system for students as well as tracks, stores, retrieves, and analyzes data for accreditation purposes.
  • Successful completion of a nationally normed ability/achievement assessment OR a teacher education normed entrance test:
    1. Nationally Normed Ability/Achievement Assessment: An ACT composite score of 21 or higher, with no scale score below 18 (all on the same test date). If the student did not take the ACT, and equivalent SAT score of 990 or above satisfies requirements as well.
    2. Teacher Education Normed Test: Acceptable scores on the Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (CORE): Reading Test Code 5712 with a score of at least 156, Writing Test Code 5722 with a score of at least 162, and Mathematics (169) Test Code 5732 with a score of at least 150.

After admission to a professional education program, the following requirements must be met to continue in the program: (1) a grade of C or better in all content courses in the academic major as well as all professional education courses with an overall grade point average of 2.50; (2) fulfillment of major requirements in subject area; (3) completion of professional education courses required by the major; (4) take Praxis II content and PLT tests and have scores reported to Southern Miss (code #1479) prior to graduation.

A minimum of 30 clock hours of clinical experience is required prior to teacher candidacy (15 hours of observation and 15 hours of practicum). Specific programs may require more practicum hours.

Requirements for professional education programs are subject to modification. For current program information, students should contact the University's Educator Licensure office, 121-B Owings-McQuagge Hall; 601.266.5522.

Mississippi Department of Education licensure requirements supersede the program requirements listed in the Bulletin. Mandated changes in program requirements will be communicated through the candidate's department.

Degree Plans and Semester-by-Semester Guides

Department of Aerospace Studies

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Programs

Requirements

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Non-degree

Department of Art and Design

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Fine Art

Non-degree

Department of Communication Studies

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Non-degree

Department of Dance

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Programs

Bachelor of Fine Art

Non-degree

Department of English

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Other Programs

Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Non-degree

Department of History

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Non-degree

Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

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Programs

Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Liberal Studies

Non-degree

Certificate

School of Mass Communication and Journalism

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Non-degree

Department of Military Science

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Programs

Requirements

School of Music

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Music

Bachelor of Music Education

Non-degree

Department of Philosophy and Religion

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Non-degree

Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Non-degree

Department of Theatre

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Programs

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Fine Art

Non-degree

Office of the Dean of Arts and Letters