The College of Humanities and Social Sciences seeks to create everyday leaders. The College supports excellence in education through a diverse, dynamic, and personalized academic environment that emphasizes engaged learning. We educate students to embody holistic knowledge, inspire critical thinking, possess dynamic oral and written communication skills, and become global citizens. Together, this education and training will equip students to make positive changes in their communities.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences will become the premier liberal arts college in the intermountain West, providing the core intellectual and engaged learning experiences that prepare students for their role as active citizens and everyday leaders.
College Program Goals & Learning Outcomes
With superior teaching as its centerpiece, academic excellence is the hallmark of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Highly qualified faculty members promote and encourage critical and creative thinking, participative educational experiences, applied research, and a supportive learning community. HSS is committed to an academic environment that encourages students to develop as scholars and citizens. Assessment of quality and continual improvement are hallmarks of the education experience with HSS.
Essential to the educational process is a sense of “community,” wherein collaboration, diversity, respect for all people, civility and shared governance are cultivated. The college encourages the discussion and exploration of differing views while recognizing the cherished individual freedom to reach one’s own conclusions. Developing students into productive, responsible citizens and future everyday leaders involves training and instilling ethics and values and the responsibilities one has toward others.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences encourages student growth and development by providing opportunities to broaden service, social, and cultural perspectives through campus and community involvement in Internships, Study Abroad, Service Learning, UGRASP, and Honors programs. HSS affirms that active participation in extra-curricular activities provides a holistic educational experience and helps prepare students to become responsible, caring members of society.
Departments, Programs, & Centers
Department of CommunicationGo to information for Department of Communication.
Department of EnglishGo to information for Department of English.
Department of History, Sociology, and AnthropologyGo to information for Department of History, Sociology, and Anthropology.
Department of Languages and PhilosophyGo to information for Department of Languages and Philosophy.
Department of Political Science and Criminal JusticeGo to information for Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice.
Department of PsychologyGo to information for Department of Psychology.
Master of Arts in Professional CommunicationGo to information for Master of Arts in Professional Communication.
Master of Public AdministrationGo to information for Master of Public Administration.
Archaeology Repository & Project Archeology
The repository serves as the only official facility in Southwestern Utah to curate archaeologically recovered cultural artifacts from Federal and State lands in Utah and Northern Arizona. Located on the first level of the Electronic Learning Center, the repository houses artifacts culturally affiliated with the Puebloan groups, specifically the Virgin Anasazi and Fremont cultures, as well as prehistoric and historic Southern Paiute materials, and European-American historic artifacts. The collections are primarily the result of survey and excavation work conducted on lands administered by the Utah and Arizona Strip Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service, Utah State Lands, and some private lands, by private contractors, the federal and state agencies, and the SUU Archaeology Field Schools. The repository is open by appointment.
Barbara Frank – ELC – (435) 586-7870
The state office for Project Archaeology (PA) is located within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. This is the hub for all PA educator workshops, youth camps, and professional development throughout Utah. Project Archaeology is a national heritage education program jointly managed by Montana State University and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) for the benefit of K-12 educators, archaeologists, museum and park educators, and all those they teach. The program began in Utah in 1990 as a statewide project to combat the vandalism and looting of archaeological sites. It has since become a national network of archaeologists, educators, and concerned citizens working to make archaeology education accessible to students and teachers nationwide through high-quality educational materials and professional development. The national office has produced a number of curriculum guides, including the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)-endorsed Project Archaeology: Investigating Shelter, a supplementary science and social studies curriculum unit for grades 3 through 5. Project Archaeology uses archaeological inquiry to foster understanding of past and present cultures, improve social studies and science education, and enhance citizenship education to help preserve our archaeological legacy.
Samantha Kirkley – GC 005 – (435) 586-8783
Excellent internship opportunities are available for students in most disciplines of the college. Interns are able to gain valuable practical educational experience, academic credit, and often financial compensation. Internships significantly enhance career opportunities for students. Students interested in internships should contact the appropriate academic department, the Career and Professional Development Center at (435) 586-5420, the Michael O. Leavitt Center for Politics and Public Service at (435) 586-7868, or the Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative at (435) 586-7738.
Academic scholarships are available for students with outstanding academic credentials. College and department scholarships are available for students who demonstrate strong academic and leadership potential in the humanities and social sciences. Students must submit applications by February 1st. Interested students should contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Sharwan Smith Center, Room 167, (435) 586-7535.
The way to get the best experience is to participate in one of the excellent college student organizations. Among the many student organizations, the following are of particular interest to majors in the humanities and social sciences:
- Alpha Chi
- Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology)
- Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminal Justice)
- Anthropology Club
- Arabic Club
- Centurium Consulting Group
- Lambda Pi Eta (Communication)
- Legal Scholars Program
- Legal Studies Student Association
- Phi Alpha Theta (History)
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Philosophy Club
- Pi Alpha Alpha (MPA)
- Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science)
- Psi Chi (Psychology)
- Psychology Club
- Public Relations Student Society of America (Communication)
- Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)
- Sigma Tau Delta (English)
- Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi