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2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

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The school of interdisciplinary studies and professional development offers students a variety of majors and minors that allow them to blend coursework from a variety of disciplines in unique and personalized ways. The school offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in applied technology, a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS), and Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS), as well as minors in American Indian studies, Black studies, and women’s and gender studies.  The school is also home to the exploratory studies program, which offers guidance to students who have not selected a major, and the University foundations program, which assists students with transitioning to a four-year university.

The School of Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) at Southern Miss is an institutional member of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, an international professional organization founded in 1979. 


Applied Technology BAS    

Industrial Engineering Technology (Logistics) BS  

Industrial Engineering Technology BS   

Interdisciplinary Studies BIS  

Liberal Studies BLS  


American Indian Studies Minor  

Black Studies Minor  

General Science Minor  

Health and Medical Humanities Minor  

Industrial Engineering Technology Minor  

Non-Profit Studies Minor  

Social Science and Medicine Minor  

Women’s and Gender Studies Minor  


The Leadership Experience Certificate  

Support Programs

Developmental Education Program  

Exploratory Studies Program  

University Foundations  


Center for American Indian Studies

American Indian studies provides students with an opportunity to learn about the contributions and perspectives of the indigenous people of North America through courses that explore the ancient civilizations, historical experiences, languages, artistry and cultures, as well as contemporary issues and variations from tribe to tribe that make up the rich and varied nations of the North American Indians.

Center for Black Studies

The Center for Black Studies offers a minor based on multidisciplinary inquiry into a wide range of topics related to contemporary and historical experiences of peoples in Africa and the Black Diaspora. The mission of the Center is two-fold: to promote research and provide educational opportunities related to the history and culture of African-Americans and the Black Diaspora and to facilitate connections between the university and the various social, political, and economic entities that address black experiences.

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