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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 and 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.

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Candelaria Hall 0215

Students: If you have any questions, please reach out to the Student Success Resource Center (SSRC). They can be contacted at HSS.StudentSuccess@unco.edu.

Phone: 970-351-3140

For All Other Inquiries: Please reach out to the Deans office. They can be contacted at hss@unco.edu.

Phone: 970-351-2707

Office Hours

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

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Develop Strong Skillset

Graduates develop leadership, teamwork, critical thinking, creativity, communication, technical and adaptive skills, and are wellprepared for financial success in the marketplace.

Influential Political Process

In 2018, UNC Student Senate, Bear News and the Political Science and International Affairs Club collaborated with Greeley’s newspaper to host a Colorado gubernatorial debate at UNC.

Become a World Citizen

In 2018, Japanese professor Sumiko Gibson led students on a 10-day trip to Japan, visiting major cities, historical sites and Greeley’s sister city, Moriya.

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Why study humanities and social sciences?


Make A Difference

Liberal arts students are more likely to be civically engaged and tackle today's biggest social and technological challenges. 


Prepare for success

Liberal arts students can communicate effectively, think critically, solve complex problems, and thrive in diverse settings, leading to long-term professional success and higher earning potential. 


Live a fulfilling life

Liberal arts students consistently report high satisfaction in their work and personal lives, and are prepared for a life of learning and growth. 

We don't mean to brag, but we have some awesome professors here... 

Check out what's happening in our College! 

HSS Faculty Attend White House Summit

Recently, Chelsie Romulo, Ph.D., of the Geography, GIS, and Sustainability department and Harmony Newman, Ph.D., chair of Gender Studies, were invited to the 2024 White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence: Propelling Progress and Prosperity by 2050. The White House Office of Science and Technology and Policy and the STEMM Opportunity Alliance co-hosted the event to bring together leaders across multiple industries to discuss ways to increase diversity, equity and access to careers in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine).

Read more about their visit here

Romulo and Newman Stemm trip

Dr. Duncan Recognized as 2024 College Scholar

For her efforts towards cultivating accepting, healthy learning spaces for her students, her role as a committed activist for half a dozen groups across Colorado, her research towards the conditions surrounding immigration and mental health, and much more, Anthropology pforessor Whitney Duncan, Ph.D., has been recognized as the College of Humanities and Social Science's 2024 College Scholar.

Read more about Dr. Duncan's experience at UNC

Whitney Duncan award

The Importance of Teaching Underrepresented Cultures

David Barillas Chón, Ph.D. and assistant professor in the Department of Chicana/o and Latinx Studies, was recently featured in an article on UNC's main news page. The piece focused on Dr. Barillas Chón's past, his history in education, and priorities and philosophies for instructing students here at UNC.

Read the full article here

Dr. Chon article

Dr. Lee Recognized at ORSP Award Ceremony

Jieun Lee, Ph.D, of the Department of Geography, GIS, and Sustainability, was recently recognized as the winner of the the 2024 Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Mid-Career Investigator Award. This award recognizes a post-tenured faculty member who has demonstrated continued success in sponsored programs. 

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Dr. Lee ORSP award

Dr. Enrique Bernales Albites Publishes New Book

Late last year, Dr. Enrique Bernales Albites, associate professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, published a collection of poetry entitled El lenguaje que la nombra. The book's works tackle history, myths and universal cultures from Mesopotamia, Greece, Peru, the USA, Mexico, Russia and the Arab world.

Find the book here

Bernales Albites poetry book

Why UNC?

Graduating senior Langston Mayo, majoring in Philosophy and Communication Studies, discusses why he chose UNC.

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