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Why Study Liberal Arts?

Liberal Arts programs expose students to the social, political, artistic and intellectual development of the cultures throughout the world. By learning about the historical and modern influences on contemporary society, students develop a critical understanding of their position and responsibilities as citizens of the world.

Whatever the field of study, College of Humanities and Social Sciences students engage in reading, writing, research and analytical thinking that prepare them for success in many areas of work and in post-baccalaureate study. Employers often report a preference for liberal arts graduates who have strong communication and thinking skills that encourage creativity and innovation. Law schools, medical school and other professional and graduate programs seek students who can write well, who are skilled in problem-solving and who are comfortable in a diverse environment.

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Our Programs

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) combines a traditional liberal arts education with focused preparation in a wide range of disciplines and professional areas. With more than 20 majors, nearly 50 minors and numerous areas of graduate study and professional certificate programs, we offer students the opportunity to begin a lifetime of learning in the humanities and social sciences while preparing for successful careers.

Academics at CHSS

CHSS Updates

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Writer Jhumpa Lahiri Discusses the Powers of Translation

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English Professor Jeffrey Alan Miller Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

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Vision for Language, Business and Culture Leads to New BA

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Students Awarded for Groundbreaking Audio Description

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Researching Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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Language Lovers Find Connections in Humanities, STEM

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New Major: Public and Professional Writing

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4+1 BA/MBA Program for Select CHSS Majors

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Student Services

At CHSS, our advising philosophy is to bring you the tools for success, which ultimately allows each student to proactively drive their educational outcomes.

CHSS has a dedicated Career Development team that helps students pursuing an education in the liberal arts position themselves for success after graduation by teaching them how to position themselves and take charge of their careers.

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