You can be part of the exceptional College of the Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) experience for your whole Montclair State University education, for a few required courses — or for many possible combinations between the two.

However much time you spend in Dickson Hall, you will benefit from the teaching of our first-rate faculty. CHSS’ internationally renowned professors — not teaching assistants — conduct all their own classes. Many also select students to work with them in cutting-edge research projects.

Where this can take you

A CHSS education launches students onto many, varied paths both professionally and in further study. Our English majors have become teachers, paralegals, admissions counselors — even gone to work at MTV. Psychology graduates are working as nurses, social workers, speech therapists — and in marketing and the New York State Supreme Court. Naturally, some Political Science and History majors go on to law school — while others have gone into laboratory work or marketing.

As a Montclair State undergraduate, you must choose a major by the end of your sophomore year. Each major is hosted by one (or two, in the case of some double-majors) of the University’s colleges, where most of your coursework will take place.

Whatever department and college you major in, you will come to CHSS for the world-language and writing components of Montclair State University’s General Education requirements, which all students need to graduate.

Areas of study

Undergraduates can choose from among 20 majors, more than 40 minors, numerous areas of graduate study and professional certificate programs. Inter-disciplinary programs such as Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies include classes in several departments; some, like Film Studies, also include classes in other colleges.

Concentrations within each major add even more depth to the CHSS experience. The student who majors in Justice Studies, for example, can become a certified paralegal. French and Spanish majors can study civilization as well as their chosen language, and can become certified translators or interpreters.

Click on any of the links below to learn more about the rich academic experience CHSS has to offer.

  Departments   Programs


  Graduate Studies
  • Child Advocacy 
    • Post-B.A. Certificate – Online or Traditional
    • M.A. – Online or Traditional
    • M.A., with Concentration in Public Child Welfare
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders 
    • Au.D. in Audiology
    • Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders
    • M.A. in Speech Language Pathology
  • English 
    • M.A. English
      • Specialization in American Literature
      • Specialization in British Literature
      • Specialization in International Literature
      • Specialization in Writing Studies
    • M.A.T., English
    • Certificate in Teaching Writing
  • Institute for the Humanities
    • Professional development credits
  • Justice Studies
    • Paralegal Studies Certificate
    • Homeland Security Certificate
  • Linguistics
    • M.A. in Applied Linguistics
    • M.A.T., TESL
    • Certificate Program in TESOL
    • Certificate in Computational Linguistics
    • Post BA/MAT Teacher Certification
  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Political Science and Law 
    • M.A., Law and Governance
      • Concentration in Management and Peace Studies
      • Concentration in Governance, Compliance and Regulation
      • Intellectual Property
      • Legal Management
    • Certificate in Conflict Management in the Workplace
  • Psychology
    • M.A., General Psychology
    • M.A., Clinical Psychology
      • With concentration in Child Psychology
      • With concentration in Forensic Psychology
    • M.A., Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    • Certificate in Forensic Psychology
    • School Psychology Certificate
  • Sociology
    • Certificate in Data Collection and Management
  • Spanish and Italian
    • M.A., Spanish 
    • M.A.T., Spanish
    • Certificate in Translation and Interpreting

Centers, Institutes, and Societies

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences also sponsors a number of affiliated programs that are academic in nature but provide specific support of students' studies and career preparation or advance the application of academics in the broader society.

Click on any of the links below to learn more about these opportunities to enhance your CHSS experience.

Teachers as Scholars Program

The Teachers as Scholars program provides public school teachers and administrators an opportunity to immerse themselves in scholarly topics and issues in small, liberal arts seminars offered by university faculty.

All 25 of the Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal school districts have endorsed this program, pledging to provide substitutes for teachers who wish to attend. The seminars are offered free of charge to participating teachers and take place on the Montclair State campus. Refreshments and free parking are provided.

Teachers as Scholars (PDF)

See the list of current seminars and apply on-line.