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About Us

With more than 4,300 students, 600 faculty and staff, and more than 34,000 alumni, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is the second largest college at NC State University.

We promote critical thinking, cross-cultural competence, and engagement across the state and around the world. We prepare students for leadership in professions and occupations that require intellectual flexibility, outstanding communication skills, broad knowledge of the world, and a sophisticated understanding of human beings and their challenges.

Our academic departments encompass the liberal arts and the social sciences. Our students and faculty are engaged in exciting scholarship and research. And our alumni continue to make us proud.

Where can you go with a CHASS degree? The sky's the limit. Check out these alumni profiles to get a sampling.

Fast Facts

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences …

  • … awards more undergraduate degrees than any other college at NC State University, and ranks third for applications and new enrollments at the graduate level. Learn more about how to apply to our college. 
  • … is the second largest college at NC State, with more than 4,300 students (80% undergraduate, 20% graduate). Plus, every NC State undergraduate takes general education classes in humanities and social sciences.
  • … continues to grow as a destination college for talented, top-ranked students from across our state, nation and world. The class of 2017 boasts a 4.30 high school GPA and an average 1211 SAT. More than 40% were in the top 10% of their high school class.
  • … encourages study abroad. CHASS faculty teach for or lead 30 percent of all the study abroad experiences at NC State.  
  • … boasts outstanding faculty who are leaders in their fields. Our faculty earn prestigious fellowships and grants to conduct their research and further their scholarship. Meet some of our faculty researchers.  

Learn more about CHASS by the Numbers.  


CHASS offers degrees in a wide range of majors, from traditional courses of study in the liberal arts and social sciences to interdisciplinary and dual degree options.

For example, undergraduates can earn an International Studies degree and focus on global perspectives. Or you can study Science, Technology, and Society to explore how science and technology shape our culture, values, and institutions. Students in our linguistics and public history programs conduct research that helps preserve North Carolina's rich culture and heritage.

At the graduate level, we boast not only the oldest sociology doctoral program in the South, first awarded in 1926, but also a young MFA in Creative Writing that's garnering national attention and a unique PhD program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media that integrates the written, oral, and visual modes of communicating.

CHASS graduates are engaged in the world around them. They are our elected officials, our business owners and our CEOs, our doctors, lawyers, judges, and counselors, our social workers, explorers, writers, researchers, and teachers. CHASS graduates are our future.