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    Dec 10, 2023  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Ralph and Naomi Noonkester School of Arts and Letters

Myron C. Noonkester, Ph.D. (Dean)

Tim Matheny, M.F.A. (Associate Dean)

Department of Art

Read Diket, Ph.D., (Chair)
Professor Diket; Associate Professors Ford, Kemp; Instructor Revette

The goals of the department of art are 1) to provide an opportunity to practice, understand, and gain a high level of technical skill with several art media; 2) to offer future teachers of art a thorough foundation and broad experience in several areas; 3) and to prepare majors for graduate work and/or a career. The Hattiesburg campus offers both a major and minor in art with opportunities in theatre and design as course options.




Department of History and Social Science

Myron C. Noonkester, Ph.D. (Chair)

Professors Brooke, Nicovich, Noonkester

In accordance with the stated purpose of the university, this department strives to promote an understanding of past and present human societies in order to enhance student learning.

Students may take only one major or minor within the Department of History and Social Science.


Pre-Professional Programs



Other Programs

Department of Language and Literature

Thomas Richardson, Ph.D. (Chair)

Professors Chestnut, Massey, T. Richardson; Associate Professors M. Breland, Lowery, Maqueda, Newman; Assistant Professors Brookter, Covarrubias 

The aims of the English courses are to help the student learn to write with a high level of accuracy, effectiveness, and fluency; to give emphasis to research techniques, particularly for prospective graduate students in English; and to help the student to develop the ability to read critically and appreciatively the best of English, American, and continental literature.

The aims of the foreign language courses are to develop foreign language skills which enable the student to engage in oral and written communication with other peoples of the world and provide an auxiliary skill in professions; to develop in students a linguistic sense sufficient for students to be able to compare a native tongue with other languages; to give the student through readings in foreign language a background of culture of the nations using this language; to enable the student to read scientific, literary, and other texts in a foreign language.




Department of Theatre and Communication

Tim Matheny, Chair

Professor Emeritus Quave; Associate Professor Matheny; Assistant Professors Douglas, Ellzey, Knight

The objectives of the department of theatre and communication are (1) to improve the student’s habits and abilities in communication in its various practical and artistic forms, and (2) to provide a background of knowledge and experience to help prepare the student for graduate or professional school and/or a career.

Courses selected in each minor must be approved by an advisor in the Department of Theatre and Communication.

Miscellaneous Notes

  1. Each student who completes a major in the department must take a comprehensive examination in the final trimester of study. Although no specific score is required, completion of the examination is necessary for graduation.
  2. At the end of the academic year, each student will be evaluated to determine if he/she will be allowed to continue in the degree program.
  3. A grade of C or above must be earned in each course of the journalism or speech communication major or journalism or speech communication minor.

Carey Dinner Theatre

Founded in 1975, Carey Dinner Theatre operates in the summer and presents two musical theatre productions. Auditions for prospective performers and interviews for prospective technicians are held in the spring. Each member of the company receives a scholarship stipend.