Edward Sayre, Chair
118 College Drive, Box 5108
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
A. Burton, D. Butler, T. Gibson, K. Greene, T. Lansford, J. Michael Lavender, A. McBride, S. Naghshpour, W. Newman, R. Pauly, B. Press, E. Sayre, M. Steedman, J.J. St. Marie, J. Weinberg
Political Science Program
Allan McBride, Director
The Department of Political Science offers a major and minor in political science and advising in pre-law. Additionally, we offer majors in Economics, Paralegal Studies, and American Studies; we also offer minors in Legal Studies, Human Rights, and Campaigns and Elections plus graduate degrees in Political Science and International Development. The graduate degrees are described in the Graduate Bulletin.
The Political Science program is designed to prepare students for graduate school and law school as well as careers in government, international service or employment in the private sector.
Graduation with a BA in political science requires 124 hours, including the College of Arts and Letters general education curriculum, completion through the 202 level (up to 12 hours) in a single foreign language, 36 hours in major courses, and at least 18 hours in a minor field. In addition to PS 101 - American Government , PS 201 - Great Issues of Politics and PS 491 - Proseminar in Political Science , the BA degree requires completion of at least one course from each of the four areas of political science (American politics, political theory, global politics, and public law/administration) plus five more courses in at least two of the four areas. A 2.0 cumalative GPA in major courses is required for graduation.
Graduation with a BS in political science requires 124 hours, including the College of Arts and Letters general education curriculum, completion through the 102 level (up to 6 hours) in a single foreign language, 39 hours in major courses, and at least 18 hours in a minor field. In addition to PS 101 - American Government , PS 201 - Great Issues of Politics , PS 211 - Political Research , PS 212 - Political Analysis and PS 491 - Proseminar in Political Science , the political science major must take at least one course from each of the four areas of political science (American politics, political theory, global politics, and public law/administration). Each BS major must also complete four more courses in at least two of the four areas of political science. Each student is also required to take at least two writing-intensive courses in the major or minor field. A 2.0 cumalative GPA in major courses is required for graduation.
The Four Areas of Political Science
Theory: PS 321 , PS 420 , PS 421 , PS 426
American Politics: PS 301 , PS 303 , PS 304 , PS 305 , PS 401 , PS 402 , PS 403 , PS 404 , PS 405 , PS 406 , PS 407 , PS 408 , PS 409 , PS 410 , PS 462
Global Politics : PS 330 , PS 331 , PS 350 , PS 431 , PS 432 , PS 450 , PS 452 , PS 453 , PS 454 , PS 456 , PS 457 , PS 459
Public Law and Administration: PS 370 , PS 375 , PS 380 , PS 470 , PS 472 , PS 473 , PS 474 , PS 480 , PS 481 , PS 484 , PS 485 , PS 488 , PS 489
Edward Sayre, Director
The Bachelor of Arts in Economics is an interdisciplinary degree offered through the College of Arts and Letters. The degree is designed to prepare graduates for employment in either the private or public sector or for the pursuit of higher degrees in a number of academic disciplines, most notably economics, economic development, community and regional planning, geography, law and justice studies, political economy, political science, and public administration. Because of its interdisciplinary curriculum, the Bachelor of Arts in Economics allows somewhat more latitude in course selection than most Southern Miss degrees.
Requirements for a Major in Economics
Graduation with a major in economics requires 120 hours, including the general education requirements of the university, completion through the 202 level in a single foreign language and 33 hours in the major. In completing the remaining degree requirements, majors may elect to follow one of two set degree tracks, the one quantitative and the other qualitative, or to formulate and pursue a flexible degree track commensurate with individual career objectives.
The quantitative or Mathematics Degree Track is designed to prepare one for the successful pursuit of higher degrees in economics and related academic disciplines requiring a strong background in mathematics and statistics.
The qualitative or Social Science Degree Track provides a broadly based liberal arts education in "political economy," an area of study that cuts across the normally separate domains of economics and politics, and examines the relationship of the two within the difficult calculus of public law. The Social Science Degree Track is recommended for students planning to seek employment upon graduation or to pursue higher degrees in academic disciplines requiring a lesser preparation in mathematics and statistics (economic development, community and regional planning, geography, law and justice studies, political science and public administration).
Students interested in attending law school should consult a pre-law adviser in the department initially. By the beginning of their second year, students should officially declare a major and minor and then see their major adviser for academic advisement. During the third year, the student should meet with the pre-law adviser for information on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and admissions information.
In addition to their major and minor courses, students interested in law school can supplement their program of study with the following courses as electives: ACC 200 ; ENG 332 or ENG 333 ; PHI 253 ; PLS 383 ; PS 301 , PS 380 , PS 407 , PS 480 , PS 481 , PS 484 ; or BA 200 . Students desiring to strengthen their writing skills should include additional composition courses as well.
In making admissions decisions, law schools give greatest consideration to a student's grade point average, LSAT score and writing sample, and academic letters of recommendation. Students are encouraged to major in a subject area in which they are interested and in which they can maintain a high grade point average.
Human Rights Minor
J. Michael Lavender, Adviser
In the minor, students receive interdisciplinary instruction in domestic and international issues relating to human rights and civil liberties through classroom courses. Students can gain valuable practical experience in the human rights/civil liberties through a supervised internship.
Paralegal Studies Program
J. Michael Lavender, Director
The Paralegal track is approved by the American Bar Association Standing Committee on Paralegals. Students majoring in paralegal studies, an interdisciplinary major offered through the Department of Political Science, complete 36 hours of course work. The Bachelor of Arts in paralegal studies prepares students for employment in private law firms, businesses and government offices. Although paralegals, as nonlawyers, are legally restricted from practicing law, they assist attorneys in delivering legal services more efficiently and may perform a variety of tasks, including legal research and drafting, litigation assistantship, interviewing and investigation, and file organization and maintenance.
All students majoring in paralegal studies must maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 after 30 hours of course work at Southern Miss, and any students transferring to the Paralegal Studies program must attain a GPA of 2.25 prior to transferring.
Many of our students are interested in law school, and our department acknowledges the challenges of preparing for the rigors of law school. To this end, both the Paralegal Studies and Political Science programs offer a "pre-law" track of coursework for those students pursuing a career in Law. The pre-law track in paralegal studies teaches student methods of legal research, writing, and thinking that will make them more confident and prepared for law school and beyond. The political science pre-law track provides courses focused on the Constitutional framework of the American legal system and the politics surrounding the application of Constitutional rights and liberties.
Please Note: The University of Southern Mississippi does not offer a minor in paralegal studies at this time.
American Studies Program
Troy Gibson, Director
The American Studies program offers an interdisciplinary major or minor for students interested in a broad liberal arts education. Through courses from many disciplines, especially English, history and political science, the student acquires an understanding of the development of the American culture and society. By course selection and during the American studies seminar, students may pursue their special interests. The major requires 30 semester hours. A 2.0 cumulative GPA in major courses is required for graduation.
Though no minor is required with the American studies major, students are encouraged to have a second major or minor in complementary, career-oriented fields, such as pre-law, pre-medicine, pre-dentistry, journalism, public relations, library science, accounting, marketing, political science, management, radio-television-film, military science or education. The requirements listed below are in addition to the Arts and Letters core curriculum. Students in this program will be advised by the director of the American Studies program.
Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties
For more information about the Center, contact:
Dr. David M. Cochran, Jr.
Chair, Board of Directors, Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties
Department of Geography and Geology
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Dr., Box 5051
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
For more information about the Human Rights minor, contact:
Dr. Michael Lavender and Dr. John Meyer
Program Coordinators, Human Rights Minor
Department of Political Science, International Development and International Affairs
University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Dr., Box 5108
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
The Center for Human Rights and Civil Liberties at The University of Southern Mississippi is founded to advance the principle of "liberty and justice for all," both here and abroad. The Center is committed to excellence in education and in preparing its students to translate classroom knowledge into action in a variety of careers in the public and private sectors. The Center's faculty is devoted to providing an academic home for an interdisciplinary minor in human rights and civil liberties.
Additionally, the Center promotes, encourages, and facilitates student and faculty research on domestic and international questions related to human rights and civil liberties. The Center serves the university and the broader communities by fostering collaboration with community partners on projects that address problems of social justice and public policy.
The Center also provides a forum in which to bring together disparate constituencies to engage in a dialog to advance social justice and democratic values. By building a reputation for effective teaching, productive scholarship, and wide-ranging service to a variety of constituents, the Center aspires to gain recognition as one of the most innovative programs, combining academic and community learning, in the southeastern United States.
Dr. Ann Marie Kinnell, Director
Department of Anthropology and Sociology
118 College Drive, Box 5074
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001
The nonprofit studies minor is an interdisciplinary minor which provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for work in the nonprofit sector. This minor is appropriate for students in all colleges and majors who wish to pursue a variety of career choices, from research and advocacy to the arts to health and social services provision.
A graduate certificate in nonprofit studies is also offered. For more information, please contact Dr. Kinnell.
ProgramsBachelor of Arts
Bachelor of ScienceNon-degree
- American Studies, B.A. Degree Requirements (124 hours)
- American Studies, B.A. Semester-by-semester Guide
- Economics (Mathematics), B.A. Degree Requirements (120 hours)
- Economics (Mathematics), B.A. Semester-by-semester Guide
- Economics (Social Science), B.A. Degree Requirements (120 hours)
- Economics (Social Science), B.A. Semester-by-semester Guide
- Paralegal Studies (Pre-Law), B.A. Degree Requirements (124 hours)
- Paralegal Studies (Pre-Law), B.A. Semester-by-semester Guide
- Paralegal Studies, B.A. Degree Requirements (124 hours)
- Paralegal Studies, B.A. Semester-by-semester Guide
- Political Science (Pre-Law), B.A. Degree Requirements (124 hours)
- Political Science (Pre-Law), B.A. Semester-by-semester Guide
- Political Science, B.A. Degree Requirements (124 hours)
- Political Science, B.A. Semester-by-semester Guide