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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

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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Summer Class Highlight’s Charleston’s History of Disease, Medicine, and Public Health
Posted on 27 July 2015 | 12:25 pm
This summer, Department of History Assistant Professor Jacob Steere-Williams took his “Epidemics and Revolutions” class on a walking tour to highlight several aspects of the history of disease, medicine, and public health local to Charleston. Some of the places they … Continue reading
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