You can be part of the exceptional College of 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, editors, admissions counselors — even gone to work at MTV. Psychology Department 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 foreign-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 more than 20 majors, nearly 50 minors and numerous areas of graduate study and professional certificate programs. Inter-disciplinary programs such as Medical Humanities, 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 College of Humanities and Social Sciences experience. The student who majors in Justice Studies, for example, can choose a concentration in International Justice, Justice Systems, or Paralegal Studies. French  and Spanish majors can study civilization as well as their chosen language, and can become certified translators or interpreters.