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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Believing that the basis of a quality higher education in the liberal arts relies upon a solid foundation in the humanities and social sciences, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers courses that provide all university students, regardless of major, a broad foundation in the traditional liberal arts. Encompassing a variety of courses in a core curriculum of General Studies requirements, this foundation includes English, history, political science, PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics), and psychology. For students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree, basic courses in foreign languages are also provided. The college enhances students' educational experiences through this General Studies curriculum and through additional elective credit. The college offers majors leading to either a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice, interdisciplinary studies, history, political science, PPE (politics, philosophy, and economics), and psychology, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in English and Spanish. Minors are also offered in all these areas except for interdisciplinary studies. A minor in Legal Studies is also offered for qualified students. Courses in Chinese are also offered.

MISSION STATEMENT

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, believing that both faith and learning are lifelong experiences, strives to expose students to the contents and methods of the humanities and social sciences while developing the patterns of academic excellence and scholarship representative of a commitment to the perpetual experience of education. Because the college is committed to the integration of faith and learning, the studies provided in the humanities and social sciences encourage students to understand, to analyze, and to participate in the interaction between faith and the disciplines. Such learning should equip students to become effective servant leaders who understand the essential connection between personal faith and lifelong learning and service.

GOALS OF THE COLLEGE

Learners in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will demonstrate skills in servant leadership through involvement in internships and service-learning projects in each of their majors.

  • Learners in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will demonstrate skills in critical thinking, gained from analytic and interdisciplinary study.

  • Learners in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will demonstrate skills in writing and comprehension of literature, history, and language.

  • Learners in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will gain knowledge of how people think and see God’s handiwork as they study human behavior.

  • Learners in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences will develop the tools necessary to become more informed and engaged citizens.

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.