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School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Welcome to the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), the largest of the academic schools at the College of Charleston. With over 170 full-time faculty members, we currently offer undergraduate degrees in 12 major programs and 25 minors, as well as various graduate programs. Our faculty place a strong emphasis on the value of written expression and collaborative research, while preparing students to function as responsible, independent world citizens and engaged, lifelong learners.

The core departments in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences include communication, English, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, and sociology and anthropology. HSS faculty also direct the urban studies, public health, and women's and gender studies programs as well as a great many of the College's interdisciplinary minor programs, including archaeology; African studies; African American studies; British studies; comparative literature; Crime, Law and Society; European studies; and film studies.

Jerold L. Hale, Dean


"Our dedicated faculty offer students a number of possibilities for engaged learning whether from small classes, unique study opportunities, or collaborative research opportunities. We prepare students to aspire to more than just a job." Read more.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences News

Welcome Our Newest Faculty of the 2015-16 Year
Posted on 2 September 2015 | 3:07 pm
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences’  newest faculty will be joining over 170 of their HSS colleagues in various home departments across campus. Please join us in welcoming them to campus! History Adam Domby, Assistant Professor Rachel Donaldson, Assistant … Continue reading
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Do This, Not That! A Professor’s Guide to Surviving College
Posted on 10 August 2015 | 2:36 pm
DO experience new things. If you’re comfortable, if things feel easy, if you think you have it all figured out… you’re doing it wrong! Four years goes by quickly and, trust me on this, and you’ll regret not doing new … Continue reading
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