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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, political science, English, psychology, history, religious studies, sociology, anthropology and philosophy. 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

History Professor Explains Why We Celebrate July Fourth
Posted on 2 July 2015 | 11:38 am
Independence Day By: Sandy Slater As representatives from the far flung thirteen colonies gathered in Philadelphia during the Second Continental Congress, the summer heat blazed outside.   Inside the stiflingly warm room, men argued in 1776 about the legitimacy of independence … Continue reading
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Dean’s Fund Awarded to Students for Summer Internship Opportunities
Posted on 17 June 2015 | 4:25 pm
Abigail Asper brought her research interests to Germany this summer. The psychology major was granted a research internship at the University of Bremen assisting the head of and team within the University’s Institute of Psychology and Cognition Research with data and various laboratory tasks. The … Continue reading
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