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

Dean’s Office
420 Renaissance Park
617.373.2942 (fax)

Office of Student Academic Affairs
180 Renaissance Park
617.373.7281 (fax)

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.

Academic Advising

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.

College Requirements

All students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities must successfully complete their major, college, and university requirements for their specific degree.

Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement

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 3410Ethnographic Field Experience4
INTP 4995Interpreting Practicum4
CRIM 3200Youth Crime and Justice4
CRIM 4120Courts and Sentencing4
ECON 2350Statistics4
ENGL 2690Boston in Literature4
ENGL 2740Writing and Community Engagement4
ENGL 3340Technologies of Text4
ENGL 3375Writing Boston4
ENGL 3381The Practice and Theory of Teaching Writing4
ENGL 3382Publishing in the 21st Century4
ENGL 4400Opening the Archive4
HIST 1120Public History, Public Memory4
HIST 2000Native American Resistance: Past and Present4
HUSV 1101Social Change and Human Services4
HUSV 3520Child Intervention and Treatment4
INSH 2102Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks4
POLS 2357Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs4
SOCL 2323Ethnographic Methods4
SOCL 3485Environment, Technology, and Society4
SPNS 3501Advanced Spanish Conversation: Global Communication4

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.