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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

2015 HSS Post-Commencement Reception
Posted on 18 May 2015 | 10:36 am
We enjoyed celebrating the class of 2015 at the Post-Commencement Reception on Saturday, May 15th, with friends and family in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS). On behalf of the HSS faculty and staff, we wish our recent … Continue reading
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Spoleto Picture a Day 1
Posted on 15 May 2015 | 11:32 am
It’s that time of year again: Spoleto Picture a Day! We’ve started the month-long program of study we hold each year here in Charleston’s sister city of Spoleto, Italy (we being the College of Charleston, specifically myself and a colleague … Continue reading
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