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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

Valentine’s Day? Meh. Movies for the Anti-Valentine
Posted on 9 February 2016 | 5:47 pm
Last year, in honor of Valentine’s Day, College of Charleston film studies professors offered their lists of top romantic movies (here and here) to help you celebrate the holiday. However, we recognize that, for some, Valentine’s Day only serves as an unwelcome reminder that they’re single—or unhappily paired. For you Valentine-haters out there, Assistant Professor Colleen […]
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Spring 2016 School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards Available
Posted on 2 February 2016 | 1:15 pm
The School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) currently has the following award applications available. Please read the instructions for each award carefully before applying. 2016 HSS Study Abroad Award: The School of Humanities and Social Sciences is pleased to offer a competitive scholarship to students who will enroll in one of the summer College […]
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