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College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Box 8101 Raleigh, NC 27695-8101

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers programs of study that lead to baccalaureate and advanced degrees in the disciplines of the humanities and social sciences. The college also offers courses in these disciplines that are required in all undergraduate programs. In this way the university provides its students the opportunity to prepare for a full life in the professions and occupations that require intellectual flexibility, broad knowledge, and a basic comprehension of human beings and their problems.

The college is comprised of nine departments or schools: Communication, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, School of Public and International Affairs, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology and Anthropology. Interdisciplinary programs are administered through Academic Affairs in the college Dean’s Office.

The college offers undergraduate majors in: Anthropology; Arabic Language and Culture; Arts Studies; Asian Language; Communication; Criminology; English; Foreign Language Education; French; German Studies; History; Interdisciplinary Studies; International Studies; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Religious Studies; Science, Technology and Society; Social Work; Sociology; and Spanish.  In addition, special options or concentrations are available within some of the major programs:

  • Africana Studies
  • American Politics
  • Communication Media
  • Creative Writing
  • Ethics
  • Film
  • International Politics
  • Interpersonal, Organizational & Rhetorical Communication
  • Language, Writing and Rhetoric
  • Law and Justice
  • Literature
  • Logic, Representation & Reasoning
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Public Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Teacher Education – option available in English, French, Spanish, and social studies (history)
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Degrees granted include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy, as well as professional degrees in political science and sociology.

Academic Minors

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers 41 minors:

  • Africana Studies
  • American Literature
  • Anthropology
  • Arts Studies
  • Chinese Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • English
  • Ethics
  • Film Studies
  • French
  • German
  • Health, Medicine & Human Values
  • Hindi-Urdu
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese
  • Japan Studies
  • Journalism
  • Law and Justice
  • Linguistics
  • Logic and Methodology
  • Middle East Studies
  • Native American Studies
  • Nonprofit Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese Studies
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish
  • Technical and Scientific Communication
  • Women’s and Gender Studies
  • World Literature

Dual Degree Programs

Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program

The Benjamin Franklin Scholars program, sponsored jointly by the College of Engineering and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences,  allows a select group of highly motivated students to simultaneously pursue bachelor’s degrees in both engineering and humanities or social sciences, producing students with a broad training uniquely equipping them for the challenges of today’s world.  Students in this program can combine any major in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (plus economics) with any major in the College of Engineering.   This program, now entering its twenty-seventh year, has produced individuals who use their engineering training in a broad range of settings and jobs: in industry, in academia, in government, working as engineers, lawyers, physicians, and policy analysts, among others.  

There are three entry points into the program.  A limited number of newly admitted freshmen are invited to apply to join the program in the April of their senior year of high school, based on SAT scores.   During New Student Orientation the summer before the freshman year, all new entering freshmen are invited to attend an information session about the program and apply to join.  Thereafter interested students can seek admission through an individual consultation with the director.  

The program has dedicated scholarship money associated with it, and students who have completed the Franklin intro course, have officially declared their Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences majors and who have a 3.0 or above GPA are generally eligible for scholarship support.  The time required to complete both degrees depends on a variety of factors, including incoming AP credit, semester course load, use of summer school, and Humanities and Social Sciences degree sought.  The program can be completed in 4-5 years, with five years being typical.

The student led section of the program, the Franklin Council, arranges a wide variety of social, service, and academic events throughout the year.

For more information, contact the director of the program,  Dr. Ross Bassett, Department of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences,, 919-515-2231, 478 Withers Hall, or visit the Franklin Scholars Program homepage.

Thomas Jefferson Scholars Program

The Thomas Jefferson Scholars Program is a joint program of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Participants earn two bachelor's degrees: one concentrating in an area of agriculture or life science and one in an area of humanities or social science. Students can choose any major in each college, to meet individual interests and career goals. The purpose of the program is to produce potential leaders in agriculture and the life sciences who have not only technical expertise but also an appreciation for the social, political, and cultural issues that affect decision-making. The program includes special classes and guest lecturers for Jefferson Scholars, travel and other enrichment experiences, and a variety of social and service activities.

Once a student applying for admission to NC State has been accepted, the Program invites students of high achievement to apply for the Jefferson Scholars. Applicants come for an interview in March, and a limited number of entering freshmen are chosen to participate in the Jefferson Scholars Program. Successful participants receive scholarship support after the sophomore year.

For more information, contact either faculty mentor, Dr. Derek Aday, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 919-515-7484,; or Dr William Kimler, History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, 919-513-2238, Visit the Jefferson Scholars website for details about our activities, students, and courses.

Alexander Hamilton Scholars Program

The Alexander Hamilton Scholars Program permits students to simultaneously earn a B.A. in International Studies and either a B.S. in Accounting, a B.S. in Business Management, or a B.S or B.A. in Economics.

Key elements of the Alexander Hamilton Program include foreign language study to at least the 300-level, a Management capstone course (economics seminar or business policy and strategy) with a strong global orientation, a senior thesis in International Studies, and several additional courses on topics such as international economics or marketing, global politics, and intercultural communication. Each Hamilton scholar is required to complete at least one study abroad program.

Hamilton scholars participate in special programs throughout their enrollment that are designed to increase their exposure to leading-edge management practices, international businesses, and foreign cultures. These programs will include activities such as special lectures and networking events with international corporate partners, field trips to international companies with a local presence, charity fund-raising and community service projects, mentoring of foreign business students, and Scholars banquets. For additional information about the Alexander Hamilton Scholars Program, contact Mr. Robert Sandruck,, 515-5565, Director of Global Programs, Poole College of Management, 2178 Nelson Hall, or Dr. Seth Murray,, 515-0450, International Studies, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Room 106 in the 1911 Building. Visit the Hamilton Scholars Homepage for more information.

Cooperative Education

Cooperative Education in humanities and social sciences seeks to broaden the student’s intellectual horizons and at the same time to provide an introduction to the world of business, industry, government, or finance in preparation for a career after graduation. In this program, the freshman and senior years are usually spent on campus while the sophomore and junior years are devoted either to alternate periods of on-campus study and full-time work experience or part-time work and study on a continuous basis. The student is paid for work experiences by the employer. Ordinarily the program takes five years to complete, but those who are willing to attend summer school or take on a summer co-op assignment can finish in four years. Transfer students are eligible, and all interested students are urged to apply early in the academic year. The program is also open to graduate students although less time is required on work assignments.

Further information may be obtained from Cooperative Education, 2100 Pullen Hall, or at (919) 515-2396.

Honors Program

Each department in the college offers an honors program designed to encourage outstanding students to develop their intellectual potential to the fullest extent possible through individualized study, special seminars, and close association with faculty members in their major field.


In addition to the university-wide awards available, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a limited number of merit and need-based scholarships. For further information contact Dara Leeder, Director of Student Recruitment and Retention, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, (919) 515-3638.

Folger Institute

North Carolina State University is a member of the Folger Institute of Renaissance and Eighteenth-Century Studies, a unique collaborative enterprise sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., and 20 universities in the Middle Atlantic region. Each year the institute offers an interdisciplinary program in the humanities— seminars, workshops, symposia, colloquia, and lectures. Admission is open to faculty and students of North Carolina State University, and a limited number of fellowships are available through the campus Folger Institute Committee.


Jeffery Braden

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Deanna Dannels

Associate Dean for Research and Engagement

Thomas A. Birkland

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Karen R. Young

Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies

Blair LM Kelley

Assistant Dean, Finance and Administration

Betty Byrum

Director of Diversity

Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi

Director, Student Recruitment and Retention

Dara Leeder

Coordinator of Student Diversity

Joe Johnson, MSW