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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The humanities and the social sciences are cornerstones of a liberal arts education, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a broad range of disciplines that give students a fuller understanding of the past, present and future roles of both the individual and society in shaping human experience.

Scholars in the humanities study many aspects of human existence, such as written and non-written evidence of human progress and how human creativity both reflects the world around us and helps to shape it. The humanities consider how systems of thought and knowledge have developed over time and how they continue to influence our decisions today. Humanistic inquiry asks how events in the past affect the present and how understanding the past can help us shape the future.

The social sciences view the world around us as a laboratory for observation, experimentation and the advancement of new ideas and practices. Social scientists strive to understand the human capacity for adapting to changing environments and circumstances.

News and Announcements

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HSS Honors Outstanding Students, Faculty

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences recognized four faculty award winners, five undergraduate research award winners, and 120 outstanding HSS students from each program at the 2018 HSS Honors Convocation. The event was held Sunday, April 8 and HSS hosted around 300 faculty, students, and guests.

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HSS NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

Welcome back for the Spring 2018 semester, Bears! The 2017-2018 newsletter, the HSS Report, is now available.

Read the Newsletter

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FREE SPEECH & A WELCOMING CAMPUS?

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences Diversity Advisory Board hosted a panel discussion September 13th surrounding issues of free speech and inclusion.

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Here, you're an individual with your own unique mix of interests — and our differences are what we have in common.

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  • #teaching

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