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Message from the Dean

The school of Humanities and Social Sciences prepares students for a 21st Century global economy by delivering innovative and relevant academic programs that lead to fulfilling and successful employment.

Gain Workplace Skills and Knowledge

Our classes play a vital role in providing skills employersvalue most. A 2015 Association of American Colleges and Universities report found that most employers valued applicants with demonstrated oral and written communication skills, ethical judgment, critical thinking, and a broad knowledge of a variety of subjects. Nearly all employers surveyed (91%) agreed that for career success, “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve problems is more important than his or her undergraduate major.” Our classes provide these essential workplace skills and knowledge.

Increase Your Income

Earning one of our degrees helps students improve their career prospects and earning potential. The American Academy of Arts and Sciences notes that nationally, the annual median earnings of people with only a bachelor’s degree in the Humanities and Social Sciences was $16,000 above those without a college degree. Many students in our fields go on to earn an advanced degree, further increasing their income potential. The Association of American Colleges and Universities found that by the age of 40, there is no difference in income between those who earned a degree in business and degrees in our fields

Enter Succesful Careers

The American Academy of Arts and Sciences found that 10 years after graduation, more than 85% of graduates with degrees in our fields report that they are generally satisfied with their jobs. Those who majored in our fields also reported opportunities for advancement greater than do graduates of some professional degree fields.

Prepare for a Variety of Jobs

Our degrees prepare students for successful careers, both within their fields of study and within business in general. A 2014 report by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences analyzed workers with only a bachelor’s degree. They found that more than half of people with degrees in the Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts worked in “management, professional, and related occupations.”

My faculty and I would love for you to join us on our campus. 


Scott L. Jones
Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Last updated: 05/01/2015