College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Administrative Officers 

Title/Department Officer
DeanAbbey Zink, Ph.D.
alz007@shsu.edu; (936) 294-2200
Associate DeanRhonda Callaway, Ph.D.
rlc005@shsu.edu; (936) 294-2202
Associate DeanCarroll Nardone, Ph.D.
cfnardone@shsu.edu; (936) 294-2203
Associate DeanGlenn M. Sanford, Ph.D.
sanford@shsu.edu; (936) 294-2455
Department of Communication StudiesTerry Thibodeaux, Ph.D., Chair
scm_tmt@shsu.edu; (936) 294-1356
Department of EnglishJacob Blevins, Ph.D., Chair
jbelvins@shsu.edu; (936) 294-1402
Department of HistoryBrian F. Domitrovic, Ph.D., Chair
bfd001@shsu.edu; (936) 294-1474
Department of Political ScienceTamara Waggener, Ph.D., Chair
pol_taw@shsu.edu; 936) 294-1466
Department of Psychology and PhilosophyChris Wilson, Ph.D., Chair
psy_dcw@shsu.edu; (936) 294- 3052
Department of SociologyFurjen Deng, Ph.D., Chair
soc_fjd@shsu.edu; (936) 294-1515
Department of World Languages and CulturesLeif French, Ph.D., Chair
french@shsu.edu; (936) 294-1442

About the College

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences consists of seven academic units:

  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Psychology and Philosophy
  • Sociology
  • World Languages and Cultures

Mission

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) provides an essential component to a liberal arts education: understanding human beings in their diversity as expressed in their literatures, histories, ideas, values, oral and written expressions, and behavior. By promoting analytic, interpretive, interpersonal research and communication skills, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences facilitates personal growth and educates competent professionals, and responsible citizens.

Highlights

  • Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been recognized for their teaching excellence and scholarly achievements at local, regional, state, national, and international levels. CHSS is home to five Minnie Stevens Piper Professors. Only 10 Piper Professors are identified each year across Texas.
  • Courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences exceed the national norms in teacher effectiveness and course excellence.
  • Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been recognized for their research and scholarship with national awards. Among these awards is a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in History, a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow.
  • CHSS prides itself in the number of opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct research with recognized scholars.  In the past year, undergraduate students have presented and published with faculty in a variety of venues, including the London School of Economics Daily Blog on American Politics and Policy. 
  • CHSS launched it own undergraduate research journal in Fall 2017
  • Interdisciplinary minors housed in the college include American Studies, Applied Ethics and Critical Thinking (THNK), Community Leadership, Legal Studies, Technical Writing, and World Languages.
  • CHSS students have the opportunity to take Academic Community Engagement (ACE) courses across the curriculum. In these courses, students gain applied skills while serving their communities.
  • Courses offered through the Ethics, Western Civilization, and American Traditions (EWCAT) program provide students with the opportunity to explore classic texts and participate in peer-led discussions.  EWCAT sections are among our most popular in nearly every discipline.
  • CHSS is home to many student organizations, both honorary and professional, to help build student resumes with active learning opportunities.  Several of these clubs have been recognized regionally and nationally.
  • CHSS also houses the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program.  This program is designed to provide talented first-generation, low income or ethnic minority undergraduate students with effective preparation for doctoral study.  The program encourages students to engage in research with a faculty mentor and to acquire the skills necessary to succeed in doctoral studies.

Academic Programs

Departments Programs
MajorDegree(s)
Communication StudiesB.A., B.S.
EnglishB.A.
HistoryB.A., B.S.
PhilosophyB.A.
Political ScienceB.A., B.S.
PsychologyB.S.
SociologyB.A., B.S.
SpanishB.A.

Scholarships

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and its member departments are committed to supporting undergraduate students through scholarships. Please see the SHSU website under Financial Aid and Scholarships. General scholarships are distributed through the Scholarships4kats system. Application deadlines are posted on this website. Please also refer to individual department websites for information on any additional scholarship opportunities in specific disciplines.

Course-based Opportunities

  • Conduct research with recognized scholars
  • Publish in The Measure: An Journal of Undergraduate Research
  • Choose from among several interdisciplinary minors such as, American Studies, Applied Ethics and Critical Thinking, Community Leadership, Legal Studies, Technical Writing, and World Languages. 
  • Join one (or more) CHSS student organizations, both honorary and professional, to help build a strong resume with active learning opportunities
  • Study abroad in such locations as Canada, Central America, Europe, and Mexico
  • Gain course skills while serving your community through Academic Community Engagement (ACE) courses
  • Explore classic texts and participate in peer-led discussion through courses in our Ethics, Western Civilization, and American Traditions (EWCAT) courses, which are among our most popular in nearly every discipline
  • Discover the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program--a program designed to provide talented, first generation, low income or ethnic minority undergraduates with preparation for doctoral study.  The program links students with a faculty mentor to help them acquire the skills needed to succeed in doctoral studies

College Requirements

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) offers two degrees at the undergraduate level: Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS). The standard for the two degrees are given below. Both the BA and the BS degrees require:

  • 42 hours of the Core Curriculum
  • 120 hours minimum requirement for a degree
  • 42 advanced hours
  • 12 hours of Writing-Enhanced Courses (W-courses) beyond Composition I and II (ENGL 1301 and 1302).  Of the total 12 hours, six hours must be at the advanced level and from the student’s major field of study. The other six hours of W-courses can be advanced or lower level.

  • 30 hours (typically) residency credit1 (25% of credit hours required of degree), 24 must be advanced, 12 in major, 6 in minor

 Residency credit is given to courses taken at Sam Houston State University. This includes campus courses, courses taken at the Woodlands Center, courses abroad taught by SHSU faculty, and online courses. Correspondence courses are not considered residency credit courses

The BA and the BS degrees differ in their emphases on liberal arts versus natural science and mathematics.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is one that focuses on the traditional liberal arts. The BA degree develops graduates with broad knowledge of language, humanities, fine arts, and social sciences. The requirements for this degree include:

  • 30-36 hours in a major area
  • 18-24 hours in minor (Most majors require a minor—check with specific departments)
  • 3 hours of an additional course in Philosophy, Fine Arts, or Communication Studies, beyond the courses in the Core Curriculum.
  • 14 hours in one Foreign Language

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree focuses on scientific investigation; therefore, courses that emphasize the scientific methods are included. The requirements for this degree include:

  • 30-42 hours in a major area
  • 18-24 hours in minor (Most majors require a minor—check with specific departments)
  • 8 hours (two additional courses) in Natural Science, beyond the courses in the Core Curriculum
  • 3 hours of an additional course in in Mathematics, Computer Science, or Logic, beyond the Core Curriculum

It should be noted that these requirements are minimum requirements and specific departments may require additional courses.