College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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

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

Administrative Officers

DeanAbbey Zink, Ph.D.; (936) 294-2200
Associate Dean A. Jerry Bruce, Ph.D.; (936) 294-2202
Associate DeanRhonda L. Callaway, Ph.D.; (936) 294-2203
Interim Associate DeanCarroll Nardone, Ph.D.; (936) 294-2455
Department of Communication StudiesTerry Thibodeaux, Ph.D., Chair; (936) 294-1356
Department of EnglishJacob Blevins, Ph.D., Chair; (936) 294-1402
Department of World Languages and CulturesLeif French Ph.D., Chair; (936) 294-1442
Department of HistoryBrian F. Domitrovic, Ph.D., Chair; (936) 294-1474
Department of Political ScienceTamara Waggener, Ph.D., Chair; (936) 294-1466
Department of Psychology and PhilosophyD. Christopher Wilson, Ph.D., Chair; (936) 294- 3052
Department of SociologyFurjen Deng, Ph.D., Chair;; (936) 294-1515


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences 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, competent professionals, and responsible citizens.

Contact Information
(936) 294-2200
Fax: (936) 294-2207
CHSS Building 290


Academic Programs

Master's Degrees

Major, DegreeDepartment
Communication Studies, MACommunication Studies
Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing, MFAEnglish
English, MAEnglish
History, MAHistory
Political Science, MAPolitical Science
Psychology, MAPsychology and Philosophy
Psychology - Clinical Psychology, MAPsychology and Philosophy
Psychology - School Psychology, SSPPsychology and Philosophy
Public Administration, MPAPolitical Science
Sociology, MASociology
Spanish, MAForeign Languages

Doctoral Degrees

Major, DegreeDepartment
Clinical Psychology, PhDPsychology and Philosophy


Graduate CertificateDepartment
General PsychologyPsychology and Philosophy
Community DevelopmentSociology


  • Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are committed to teaching excellence, curriculum innovation, research/scholarship, and community and university service.
  • Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been recognized for their teaching excellence with national and local awards.
  • Courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are rated well above 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.
  • Annual Teaching Conference — Each year the College of Humanities and Social Sciences hosts a teaching conference sponsored by the PACE Center and the University, focusing on the many aspects of teaching, exploring new approaches to improve teaching.
  • Academic Success Center — The Academic Success Center helps students, staff, and faculty become better writers through individual and group instruction.
  • 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.
  • Some of the master's programs in the college are being offered online in order to provide greater flexibility in degree completion.


CHSS Graduate Scholarship

This scholarship is a one-year award of $1000 divided between Fall and Spring semesters and is disbursed on the basis of financial need and academic performance. An application is available on the CHSS website .


The departments within the college have numerous scholarships which can be accessed through the Scholarships4kats application process.