New Degrees 2022

November 1, 2022 (Jackson, Miss.) - Belhaven University is launching seven new academic offerings that will be available for new and continuing students.

The University will offer a major in fashion merchandising, a concentration in game design for computer science, and minors in data analytics, digital marketing, web design, cybersecurity systems, and animation. Students can enroll August 2023.

Chief Academic Officer and Provost Dr. Brad Smith enthusiastically noted, “The new major, concentration, and minors will allow students to tailor their academic preparation to best meet their career interests. When you layer on Belhaven's Double Major, Fifth Year Free program, students will be able to present a resume that truly stands out during the job search process.”

A degree in fashion merchandising will prepare students to lead business operations in the fashion industry with a heavy emphasis on entrepreneurship.Students will apply all elements of merchandising, marketing, and management of operating a fashion business and be fully prepared through industry connections and case study collaborations with business leaders.

For computer science majors, Belhaven is offering a game design concentration. Video games have invited people into worlds of imagination for decades. Students can now play a role in the development of video games while earning a degree in computer science.

Belhaven's minor in data analytics combines computer science, mathematics, and statistics to prepare students for careers as data scientists or in fields related to those in business, government, and industry. Since data is being collected everywhere, including smartphones, computers, and televisions, there is an increasing demand for qualified scientists who can recognize and use algorithms and statistical models to interpret big data.

The digital marketing minor prepares students to develop data-driven strategies for social media, websites, and email campaigns. Students who enroll in this minor will be skilled in SEO/SEM tactics and be able to make data-driven decisions utilizing analytics and business intelligence when they enter the industry.

Students who earn a minor in web design will learn the skills of developing functional and attractive web experiences while building the tools to be career ready. Topics of study include user experiences, testing design, iteration, color, product development, coding, and graphic design.

The world relies on safe internet usage and protection of personal and commercial data is becoming increasingly valuable. A minor in cybersecurity systems will build Belhaven students' expertise in cybersecurity issues. Students will study common malicious attacks, cybercrime, emerging technology for cybersecurity, network security, and cyber forensics.

A minor in animation will ready students for a career in the fields of fine art, design, digital media applications, video games, television and film, and spectrum of applied creative fields. Studies will focus on traditional and emerging practices, principle of animation, concept art, figure drawing, storyboards, and character and object design.

For more information about these new academic offerings, please contact Belhaven University Admission by email at or call 601-968-5940.