Mississippi State University’s music department recently created a new minor in music and culture, which the university will launch this fall at its Starkville campus.
The course focuses on non-Western music, particularly music from Africa and the African Diaspora, and how human cultural diversity is represented through music.
Music teacher Robert Damm, who will serve as an advisor for the minor, developed the curriculum and four new courses, including African music, Latin American music, African-American music, and Native American music.
Students can choose up to two electives in Western Music and Culture, along with other requirements to complete the required 18 or 19 hours.
For more information, send an email [email protected] or visit educ.msstate.edu.
MSU organizes student events on campus
Mississippi State University is hosting its seventh New Maroon Camp, a student-led retreat designed to help incoming freshmen and transfer students in their transition to college life, Sunday August 8 through Friday August 13. Participants will learn about MSU’s history and traditions while meeting current students and other freshmen, according to a statement from MSU. For more information and a full schedule, visit newmaroon.msstate.edu.
Movin ‘You to MSU, the university’s annual move-in day for halls of residence, will take place from Saturday August 14 to Monday August 16. Campus groups organizing an early move will announce details independently, and students should check their MSU email for more information on the process.
Students must bring their MSU ID card to check in at the Humphrey Coliseum before going to their respective residences. Those unable to arrive at their time slot will be able to check-in at their residence on Tuesday, August 17, during normal office hours. For more information visit housing.msstate.edu or download the Guidebook app and search for MVNU2MSU 2021.
MSU is also running nine consecutive days of free student events as part of its Dawg Days series of events for incoming freshmen and transfer students from August 14-22.
One such event is “Shades of Starkville,” which will take place on August 18 from 10 am to 2 pm on the university’s drill field. Students will be able to visit kiosks to meet representatives of local businesses and learn how to get involved with student organizations on campus. Samples, brochures and other promotional items will be available. Other events include student mixers, a part-time job fair and more. For a full program of Dawg Days, visit dawgdays.msstate.edu.
MSU’s full academic and event calendars are available at msstate.edu/calendars.
USM offers new minors in health and medicine
The School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professional Development at the University of Southern Mississippi is launching two new minors to introduce students to different approaches in the study of health, wellness, and medicine. The minor news, Health Humanities and Medicine and Social Sciences and Medicine, will be available from fall 2021.
Health and Medical Humanities explores health, disease and medical care through a social and cultural lens by studying English, history, philosophy, sociology and the arts, according to a statement from USM.
Students will discuss bioethics issues in contemporary medicine; review the literature on disability, mental illness and death; learn the history of medical practice and ethics; address systemic issues in health care and how race, class, disability, gender and sexuality can impact access and health care; learn more about effective communication between healthcare professionals and patients and how storytelling shapes doctor-patient relationships; study the arts in therapeutic contexts; and discover how creative expression can contribute to individual and collective well-being.
The minor includes 18 hours of compulsory and elective courses. For more information on health and medical humanities, visit https://www.usm.edu/interdisciplinaire-études-professionnelle-développement/health-medical-humanities-minor.php.
Social sciences and medicine will focus on the social aspects of medicine and its impact on health care and those who receive it.
Students will learn to identify and analyze the social, behavioral and cultural factors that influence the way people from diverse backgrounds perceive and experience health and disease, according to a statement from USM. The course also covers the cultural implications of healthcare experiences; enter and navigate the health system; the social context of health in society and how economic and social forces influence health outcomes.
The minor includes 18 hours of compulsory and elective courses. For more information on social sciences and medicine, visit https://www.usm.edu/interdisciplinaire-études-professionnelle-développement/social-science-medicine-minor.php.