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School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

Thinking and Learning Across Academic Boundaries

Through 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.

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Our Programs

We offer you a choice of majors, minors, and certificates that allow you to blend coursework from a variety of disciplines in unique and personalized ways. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) and the Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) enable you to bring together multiple interests to prepare for many different careers. Our interdisciplinary minors and certificates provide additional training and focus for any major. The school is also home to the Exploratory Studies program, which offers you guidance if you’ve not yet selected a major, and the University Foundations program, which assists you with transitioning to a four-year university as well as developing strategies for academic and professional success.

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2023 Student Awards

We are pleased to announce the winners of our outstanding student awards.

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School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development

110 Elizabeth Harkins Hall (EHH)
118 College Dr. #5112
Hattiesburg, MS 39406


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Setting First-Year Students Up For Success

Check Out Our Support Programs

Are you undecided about which major is right for you? Exploratory Studies guides first-year students in both course and major selection. 

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Take our courses designed specifically for freshmen and transfer students to help you with your transition to college!

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Program delivery formats:
face-to-face, fully online and hybrid


Professional development certificates