College of Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences offers thirty-two majors and emphasis areas through its seven academic departments: Art and Design; Communication; History, Political Science, and Geography; Languages, Literature, and Philosophy; Music; Sciences and Mathematics; and Theatre. The College cooperates with Mississippi State University and Auburn University to offer dual-degree programs in engineering. In all its programs, the College emphasizes successful student learning through quality classroom instruction, practical learning experiences, and academic and cultural enrichment opportunities. The College provides students with a solid educational foundation in the liberal arts to prepare them for continued personal and intellectual growth after graduation. Students also benefit from a focused academic program to prepare them for graduate or professional study or employment.
Our students study with teaching faculty known internationally for their scholarship and creative achievement. Their graduate degrees are from a wide range of universities, such as Alabama, Chicago, Cincinnati, Duke, Emory, Edinburgh, Penn State, Purdue, Saskatchewan, State University of New York, Tennessee, Texas, UNC Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt, Washington State, and Wisconsin, as well as the Mississippi institutions of higher learning. They have written numerous books and journal articles in their fields; they exhibit their art in such highly-competitive shows as the Boston Printmakers North American Print Biennial; they conduct scientific research on topics ranging from genomics to herpetology. Two faculty members recently have been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships for research and teaching abroad. Faculty research often involves students directly in the process and always benefits students in the classroom.