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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

Funding Awarded for Student’s Alaskan Conference Travel
Posted on 17 November 2015 | 4:27 pm
By: Joseph Quisol As a political science and international studies double-major, I participated in the Senior Arctic Council Officials Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, this past October, 2015. The Arctic Council is an international forum for setting environmental and social policies within a region undergoing rapid change, including changes in climate and capitalist development. Although only the […]
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Students Receive Funding to Attend the Graduate History Association in Alabama
Posted on 17 November 2015 | 3:21 pm
Ed Longe and Kristin Brig received the School of Humanities and Social Sciences‘ Dean’s Travel Award to attend the Graduate History Association’s conference during the fall, 2015, semester. By: Ed Longe The weekend of October 16th-17th  , 2015, was personally notable because it was my first venture into the world of history conferences. Hosted by the Graduate History Association (GHA) […]
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