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 NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

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

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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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Spotlight: Karen Barton

Professor of Common Ground

Associate Professor Karen Barton connects students with rural Colorado communities and helps build understanding between often polarized groups — from farmers to oil producers.

UNC Magazine feature article:

If students walk into professor Karen Barton’s geography class expecting to learn about maps, they find instead they’re navigating a whole new perspective on landscapes, people, place, politics
and life.

“In geography,” Barton says, “we’re interested in the way humans transform the landscape and the way the landscape shapes us.”

Barton, who earned her bachelor’s degree in social ecology from University of California Irvine, and her master’s and doctorate at the University of Arizona in geography, came to UNC 10 years ago. She teaches students to see the links and connections between people, place, and food. 

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