Ronald Sandler, PhD, Interim Dean

James Rollins, MBA, Associate Dean, Administration and Finance
Mai'a K. Davis Cross, 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
Natasha Frost, 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 17 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. 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 in a summer Dialogue of Civilizations trip with a faculty member or a summer semester on campus. Many students pursue multiple opportunities.

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 advisors, college advisors, co-op coordinators, and peer mentors helps students explore their options and shape their plan.

Academic Advising

CSSH has an academic advising system that consists of academic advisors located in the Office of Student Academic Affairs in 180 Renaissance Park and faculty advisors located in the college’s departments and program offices. Detailed advising information is available on the college website.  PreMed and PreHealth Advising, as well as Pre-Law Advising, are also available.

Academic Progression Standards

CSSH adheres to the university-wide Academic Progression Standards. 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 CSSH are required to meet with an academic advisor 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 advisor 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 CSSH 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 with majors or combined majors entirely within CSSH must fulfill this requirement through any CSSH course taken on a Dialogue of Civilizations, any CSSH service-learning course, or an ELA-designated course listed below.

ANTH 3410Ethnographic Field Experience4
ASNS 3100Asian American Cinemas4
CRIM 2320Youth Crime and Justice4
CRIM 4120Courts and Sentencing4
ECON 2350Statistics for Economists4
ECON 2560Applied Econometrics4
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 3400Opening the Archive4
HIST 1120Public History, Public Memory4
HIST 2000Native American Resistance: Past and Present4
HIST 2311Colonialism/Imperialism4
HIST 2430Digital Histories of Ethnic Boston4
HUSV 1101Social Change and Human Services4
HUSV 3520Child Intervention and Treatment4
INSH 2102Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks4
INTP 4995Interpreting Practicum4
POLS 2357Growth and Decline of Cities and Suburbs4
SOCL 2485Environment, Technology, and Society4
SPNS 3601Exploring Spoken Spanish4

For the most up-to-date list of courses for the ELA requirement and ELA options for your major, please consult your academic advisor and your degree audit.