Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences!

The College provides students with a three-component liberal education: first, a program of education-in-breadth through major contributions to the General University requirements intended to prepare students for post-graduate life as educated persons and citizens; second, a program of education-in-depth in a disciplinary or interdisciplinary major designed to prepare students for careers or graduate study; and third, a choice of elective courses which can help satisfy the student's curiosity about any of the multitude of subjects that the University curriculum embraces. With each of these components, we intend to produce graduates who are capable of informed and critical thinking; who have learned to tolerate ambiguity; who can appreciate cultural differences; who have developed moral and aesthetic sensibilities; who have mastered the basic tools of literacy and technology and who have acquired levels of information about the natural and social worlds, past and present, sufficient for responsible citizenship and the enjoyment of a civilized society. The College places strong emphasis of student-faculty collaboration in developing these skills through active learning, including laboratory experiences, community-based faculty-directed service learning, and student involvement in faculty research programs.

Our thirteen departments and three programs offer nearly 50 bachelor's degrees and 12 master's degrees, along with interdisciplinary degrees in East Asian Studies; Linguistics; Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and other student-faculty designed majors. The College houses several research and service centers, including the Center for Cross-cultural Research, the Center for Performance Excellence, and the Office of Survey research, and two community-based professional training centers: the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic and the Psychology Counseling Clinic. In addition, the College has five nationally accredited professional programs: school counseling, mental health counseling, speech pathology, community health, and recreation.

Faculty and Staff

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has over 315 faculty, 62% of which are tenured or tenure-track. Faculty from across the college have the opportunity to serve one of seven standing committees that are comprised of faculty representing both the Humanities and Social & Behavioral Science fields. There are over 45 staff in the college that support our thirteen departments and three interdisciplinary programs.

We hope that the information here provides an overview of the College including its programs, faculty, and functions. If you have suggestions or questions, please contact us by emailing our staff, phoning us, or stopping by our office. We welcome your comments!