College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Uta Poiger, PhD, Dean
Matthew Tobin, MBA, Associate Dean, Administration and Finance
Ellen Cushman, PhD, Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion
Laura Green, PhD, Associate Dean, Teaching, Learning, and Experiential Education
Thomas Vicino, PhD, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies
Alisa Lincoln, PhD, Associate Dean, Research
Mary C. Mello, MA, Assistant Dean, Undergraduate Academic Affairs
420 Renaissance Park
Office of Student Academic Affairs
180 Renaissance Park
The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is a leader in the experiential liberal arts. Students deepen their understandings of culture, society, history, politics, language, and more through the integration of focused academic study and a wide range of experiential opportunities. They use familiar methods and new tools to hone their skills in close reading, interpretation, analysis, oral communication, and critical thinking.
By exploring society’s most pressing challenges, students may gain a broad understanding of the relationships among peoples and nations; global economics and politics; the diversity of languages, literatures, religions, and cultures; and multiple perspectives in urban affairs, public policy, law, criminal justice, and the ethical dimensions of human behavior.
The college offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs, including 16 different majors as well as a diverse set of combined-major options, concentrations, minors, and five-year bachelorʼs/master’s degree PlusOne programs. The college also offers students the opportunity to create an independent major in cases where their interests and goals are not met by existing majors. Students in the college take elective classes to complement their chosen area of study and earn either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.
All students in the college integrate experiential learning into their education—many students pursue multiple opportunities. Students may choose to conduct original student research, either independently or with a faculty member; to immerse themselves in communities and cultures either locally or around the world; to enhance their classroom learning through the co-op experience in a variety of fields; or to build more flexibility into their academic path with a Dialogue of Civilizations trip with a faculty member over the summer.
Programs in the college offer the flexibility for students to customize their academic experience around their intellectual and professional interests. A support system of department advisers, college advisers, co-op coordinators, and peer mentors helps students explore their options and shape their plan.
The College of Social Sciences and Humanities has an academic advising system that consists of academic advisers located in the Office of Student Academic Affairs in 180 Renaissance Park and faculty advisers located in the college’s departments and program offices. Detailed advising information is available on the college website. Pre-Law advising and premedical/predental advising are also available.
Academic Progression Standards
The College of Social Sciences and Humanities adheres to the university-wide academic progression standards described in the beginning of the catalog. Some majors have additional specific requirements in order to progress from year to year (see major requirements in departmental listings).
Graduation Clearance Process
Students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to meet with an academic adviser in the Office of Student Academic Affairs in 180 Renaissance Park to determine their remaining graduation requirements. Some departments also require a meeting with a faculty adviser in their major or program. This should be completed in the junior year to ensure ample time to complete any outstanding requirements.
All students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities must successfully complete their major, college, and university requirements for their specific degree.
The Experiential Liberal Arts course designation is part of a CSSH framework that emphasizes integration of experiential learning along with diversity and inclusion at key points in the curriculum. Students will ordinarily fulfill this requirement through any CSSH course on a Dialogue of Civilizations, participation in the Data, Ethics, and Culture spring semester in London, any CSSH service-learning course, or an ELA-designated course as listed here:
|ANTH 3410||Ethnographic Field Experience||4|
|INTP 4995||Interpreting Practicum||4|
|CRIM 3200||Youth Crime and Justice||4|
|CRIM 4120||Courts and Sentencing||4|
|ENGL 2690||Boston in Literature||4|
|ENGL 2740||Writing and Community Engagement||4|
|ENGL 3340||Technologies of Text||4|
|ENGL 3375||Writing Boston||4|
|ENGL 3381||The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing||4|
|ENGL 3382||Publishing in the 21st Century||4|
|ENGL 4400||Opening the Archive||4|
|HIST 1120||Public History, Public Memory||4|
|HIST 2000||Native American Resistance: Past and Present||4|
|HUSV 1101||Social Change and Human Services||4|
|HUSV 3520||Child Intervention and Treatment||4|
|INSH 2102||Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks||4|
|POLS 2357||Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs||4|
|SOCL 2323||Ethnographic Methods||4|
|SOCL 3485||Environment, Technology, and Society||4|
|SPNS 3501||Advanced Spanish Conversation: Global Communication||4|
Additional options for completing the ELA requirement will become available as they are approved. For the most up-to-date list of courses for the ELA requirement and ELA options for your major, please consult your academic adviser and your degree audit.