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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

HSS Night at the Riverdogs
Posted on 28 April 2016 | 5:00 pm
Interested in joining Dean Hale and some of your School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) colleagues for a fun night of baseball and fireworks? If so, be sure to visit our online portal by clicking here and use code cofchss to purchase your tickets ($12 each) for the Friday, July 29th game. We hope to see […]
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‘Taming Bali’s Hinduism’ in Atlanta, Georgia
Posted on 18 March 2016 | 2:29 pm
By: Madeline Jane Welch While most College of Charleston seniors were excited to get out of town the first weekend of March for their spring break vacations, I was itching with anticipation to get to Atlanta for the Southeastern Commission for the Study of Religion (SECSOR) conference. Thanks to the Travel Fund from the School […]
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