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Communication

Communication

The Department of Communication gives students a solid grounding in theory so they can analyze complex messages and address the challenges facing today’s networked, global society.

English

English

The Department of English is a big tent where diverse pursuits thrive, from literature to linguistics, creative writing to film studies, technical writing, and rhetoric and composition.

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Foreign Languages and Literatures

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures fosters international awareness and understanding that is critical to the social and economic development of our state and nation.

History

History

The Department of History studies and teaches about change over time and its causation. If we understand the past, we are better prepared for the future.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Program integrates concepts, theories and tools from two or more disciplines to address complex issues and broad themes that require a multi-tiered approach.

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy and Religious Studies foster critical, constructive and independent thinking, leading to excellence in graduate studies, professional training and many careers.

Psychology

Psychology

The Department of Psychology creates and shares knowledge about the mind and its relation to behavior and the brain.

Public and International Affairs

Public and International Affairs

Want a career in the public or nonprofit sector? The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) prepares tomorrow's leaders in the classroom and in internships so they're ready to address the challenges facing government, politics, policymaking and international affairs.

Social Work

Social Work

The Department of Social Work prepares community-minded, culturally-sensitive professional social workers who have the skills, knowledge and values to advance the dignity of all people.

Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology

Founded in 1920, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is a diverse and progressive community of scholars whose research in sociology, anthropology, and criminology helps solve real-world problems.

Humanities and Social Sciences News

Tuesday April 28, 2015

An Intensive, Interdisciplinary Study of Ebola, Maymester-Style

Image for story An Intensive, Interdisciplinary Study of Ebola, Maymester-Style

Maymester offers students intensive learning opportunities, including an interdisciplinary exploration of the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Maymester, a spring program that compresses a semester's study into three weeks, was successfully piloted by Humanities and Social Sciences over the last several years and is now being adopted by colleges across NC State University.

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Poet's First Book of Verse Wins Prize

Noel Crook has achieved what felt like an unattainable dream: She is a poet, and a prize-winning one at that. Crook won the Crab Orchard Review First Book Award, a national prize providing up-and-coming poets with the opportunity to publish their first book. Crook, who earned her MFA in creative writing from NC State in 2008, gave her $2,500 prize money to NC State to support the MFA program, telling the university's development office there wouldn't be a book without John Balaban, the university's emeritus poet-in-residence.

The brains of autistic girls appear to be wired more normally than those of autistic boys — and that can be both a blessing and a curse, according to Kevin Pelphrey (Psychology '96), the Harris Professor at Yale University and director of Yale's Center for Developmental Neuroscience. [...]

4/23/15

COB Professors to Share Expertise in PBS Linguistic Documentary

NC State's Walt Wolfram is operating as the principal investigator for a special Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) documentary entitled "Talking Black In America" that explores the evolution of African American speech and factors that have influenced it. Walt Wolfram, English, featured. [...]

4/17/15

April Student of the Month

Christopher Stock is a political science freshman who is already a very active member of our college. He is an NC Republican Party intern, university ambassador, incoming president of the mock trial team, and a member of several other student groups. [...]

4/15/15

History Weekend Asks: Climate Science -- Whom Do You Trust?

Image for story History Weekend Asks: Climate Science -- Whom Do You Trust?

NC State's Department of History plays a critical role in the discussion of climate change. Join us for History Weekend, featuring Harvard professor Naomi Oreskes, who will give a historian's perspective in her address, "Climate Science: Whom Do You Trust?" [...]