Where critical thinking, problem-solving skills and creativity are nurtured for life-long success
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences consists of nine departments which offer undergraduate degrees. Several of these departments have master's programs, including the Professional Education Programs Unit, which offers more than 10 master's degrees plus a Doctorate in Education.
As a whole, the school focuses on strengthening students' critical thinking and analysis, problem-solving capabilities, communication skills and interpretive insights.
The nine departments in the School of Liberal Arts and Education along with the degree and non-degree programs they offer are:
- ART AND DESIGN
- Studio Art
- Graphic Design
- Web Design
- HEALTH, PHYSICAL EDUCATION, RECREATION, AND DANCE
- Health and Physical Education
- Dance (Minor)
- Sport Management (Minor)
- Health (Minor)
- HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY
- History, Secondary Teaching Endorsement
- LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE
- English, Secondary Teaching Endorsement
- MASS COMMUNICATIONS
- Print Media
- Radio and Television
- Public Relations
- MILITARY SCIENCE
- Choral Music Teaching Endorsement (Vocal)
- Instrumental Music Teaching Endorsement (Brass, Percussion, String)
- Music Performance (Instrument, Keyboard, Vocal)
- Sound Recording Technology
- POLITICAL SCIENCE
- Political Science
- Public Administration (Minor)
- SOCIOLOGY, SOCIAL WORK AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE
- Criminal Justice
- Social Work
In the liberal arts, interdisciplinary study in international affairs enhances opportunities for students to study abroad. Internships and cooperative work assignments provide managerial experiences for students with private firms and government agencies. Special assignments in the Governor's Office and with state legislators provide students with insights into public policy.
Special Facilities and Equipment
WVST, the campus radio station, and the Virginia State Television Network (VSUN), the units under the University Academic Technology Department provide production skill training and teach the use of current technologies. Computer-assisted writing laboratories assist students with special problems.
Organizations and Clubs
There are many groups students can join to satisfy their intellectual interests or provide opportunities for co-curricular pursuits. There are clubs connected to academic disciplines that provide informal forums to discuss topics of interest in politics, languages, science, history, computers, literature, technology, and business, among others. There are organizations whose focus is on individual interests, such as dance, broadcasting, and journalism as well.
The Department of Languages and Literature offers several specific facilities: a computer writing center, an electronic writing classroom, television editing laboratory, a radio laboratory, a foreign language laboratory, and a multimedia computer classroom.
The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice offers two specialized laboratories: a forensic laboratory and a computer laboratory.