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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 some of the most popular and unique undergraduate and graduate majors at the College of Charleston. 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

CofC Students Participate in the Women’s March
Posted on 14 February 2017 | 8:49 am
On January 21, 2017, the Women’s March on Washington gathered half a million people to promote inclusivity, activism and community. Those that couldn’t make it to D.C. participated in Sister Marches all around the world, including Charleston, SC. These Sister Marches gathered an estimated 4.9 million people. According to the group’s mission, “We work peacefully while […]
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A Trip to Oregon to Attend the Tin House Winter Workshop
Posted on 6 February 2017 | 1:19 pm
by: Laura Cannon Laura is a graduate student earning her Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing. She received funding from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Travel Award to travel to Oregon for the Tin House Winter Workshop. Consider the opportunity to discuss syntax and subordinate sentences, or the meaning of place […]
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First Recipient of the Alison Piepmeier Scholarship Shares Experience Knowing the Well-Loved Activist and Scholar
Posted on 31 January 2017 | 3:50 pm
Last August, to honor the memory of Dr. Alison Piepmeier, the College of Charleston’s Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program established a scholarship in her name.  Alison was known for her social activism, scholarship, and dedication to students.  As the Charleston City Paper put it, “Alison was a force of nature.” This spring, Leigh Friar was chosen […]
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Our First Time Presenting at a Psychology Conference!
Posted on 6 December 2016 | 1:39 pm
by: Ashley Russell and Katie Smith Thanks to the HSS Dean’s Excellence Fund, we had the opportunity to travel to Asheville, North Carolina, in November to present a poster at the Society of Southern Social Psychologist’s annual conference.  This was our first experience presenting research that we had been collaborating on with Dr. Chelsea Reid about “Attitude […]
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