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
Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion
Posted on 23 March 2017 | 3:54 pm
by: Madeline Leibin Right after I got out of class on Friday, we hit the road for Raleigh, North Carolina. Four hours later— and just in time!— we arrived at the Southeastern Conference for the Study of Religion. I quickly threw on some business clothes, and checked in to the first session. Immediately, I was […]
Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science
Posted on 23 March 2017 | 3:24 pm
by: Kristin Brigg On March 16-18 at the Southern Association for the History of Medicine and Science (SAHMS) 2017 conference at Coastal Carolina University, I presented my recent work on the late nineteenth-century Cape Colony medical community. Through a constructed fear of leprosy communicability via smallpox vaccination, I argued that as indigenous lay vaccinators took […]
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 […]
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 […]