University Catalog 2023-2024

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

For more information about this college, including contact information, visit the college website.

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, School of Social Work, and Sociology and Anthropology. Interdisciplinary programs are administered through Academic and Faculty Affairs in the college Dean’s Office.

Cross-College Programs

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
Director of Global Programs
Poole College of Management
Nelson Hall, room 2178

Dr. Seth Murray
International Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
1911 Building, room 107-A

Visit the Hamilton Scholars Homepage for more information.

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 thirty-third 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 or demonstrated interests in humanities. During New Student Orientation the summer before the freshman year, all new entering freshmen in the College of Engineering 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 CODA'd into 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:

Dr. Ross Bassett
Director of Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program
Department of History, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Withers Hall, room 478

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 small number of entering students are selected to participate in the Jefferson Scholars Program. Successful participants receive scholarship support after the sophomore year.

If you have questions about Thomas Jefferson Scholars or the application process contact:


Visit the Jefferson Scholars website for details about our activities, students, and courses.

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, Retention and Engagement
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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.



  • Deanna Dannels

Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs

  • Robert Hawkins

Associate Dean for Research and Engagement

  • Thomas A. Birkland

Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi

Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Programs

  • Carol Ann Lewald

Assistant Dean for Financial Administration

  • Sharon Herring