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Welcome to the School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Students and graduates from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) leave their mark on the world as active, engaged, and knowledgeable citizens.  HSS invites you to join this diverse and engaged community of learners committed to exploring the many dimensions of the human condition and applying the knowledge gained in order to improve the various communities in which they participate.

Whether you are interested in Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Fine Arts, Psychology, Sociology, Political Science, History, or English, HSS has a broad range of major programs to fit your needs.  More than twenty minors and five certificates allow students to add a specialty area to their resume that ranges from the liberal arts to pre-professional career planning.  With the largest number of General Education course offerings at the university, HSS provides courses that are interesting and relevant to students as they work towards their degree.

HSS understands that 21st century learners come to the university with busy schedules, diverse interests, and many responsibilities.  To best serve these learners, we offer a wide range of onsite and online courses each semester.  Students are able to pursue online undergraduate degree programs in Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, and English: Technical and Professional Writing as well as an online graduate certificate in Composition Studies.  Our robust onsite course offerings mean that students will find a range of courses available throughout the daytime and evening hours.

Our award winning and knowledgeable HSS faculty and staff are committed to helping you succeed throughout your educational career.  We offer support both in and out of the classroom through regular office hours, advising, tutoring, and coaching.  Our Writing Center is staffed with dedicated tutors ready to help improve your writing for all university courses.  A professional advisor and faculty advisors will help you to plan your course of study and locate the resources you need to excel throughout your time at Indiana University East.

HSS students have the opportunity to work with faculty in clubs, special projects, and community-based events as they enrich their educational experience.  Trips abroad to study language and culture, excursions to the Southwest to study anthropology and history, campus and community events that feature music and fine arts, and student clubs that celebrate diverse student interests all contribute to your educational experience while at Indiana University East.

HSS graduates enter a number of different fields including such areas as journalism, law, professional and technical writing, counseling, education, public relations, new media, and business.  Many artists, musicians, politicians, librarians, police officers, and museum curators have gotten their start in the humanities and social sciences.  Our range of courses, student support resources, extracurricular activities and events, community-based opportunities, award-winning faculty, and dedicated staff all contribute to student success on campus and beyond.

We look forward to welcoming you to HSS and helping you to succeed throughout your university experience so that you can graduate from Indiana University East ready to leave your mark on the world.

Enjoy exploring the HSS website.  If you have any questions or need assistance, do not hesitate to contact me.

Katherine Frank 
Dean and Professor of English