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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.

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

Summer Research in London, England
Posted on 25 July 2016 | 2:53 pm
By: Kristin Brig Archival research is a sensual experience – the smell of aged paper, the touch of threadbare book covers, listening to scratching pencils and pulling documents out of boxes and covers. With the help of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, I was able to engage my senses in such a way […]
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Earthaven Ecovillage
Posted on 7 July 2016 | 6:06 pm
Each summer, Professor Todd LeVasseur teaches a course titled “Nature Spirituality, Ecotopia, and Applied Ecovillage Living”. The interdisciplinary course explores ecovillages and how these intentional communities may help humans live more sustain-ably by incorporating ecocentric ethical values, ecological design, and environmentally friendly technologies. Students meet in the classroom for two of the three weeks. Then, they spend […]
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