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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

Thursday June 25, 2015

Rubik's Cube: Easier Than English?

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Zeli "Jeff" Qian is a cubist — as in Rubik's Cube. The Zhejiang Province native can finish the cube-shaped puzzle in 18.27 seconds, a time that's listed in the World Cube Association's record books. Qian brought that same determination to NC State, where he's studying mechanical engineering. He's also honing his English speaking, writing and research skills through Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures courses for non-native speakers of English.

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Spirits Rejoice: Jazz, Religion and American Culture

How has religion shaped jazz and the way people think about it? Professor of religious studies and jazz musician Jason Bivins explores jazz, religion and American culture in "Spirits Rejoice!" And tune into the listening guide he created to serve as a chapter-by-chapter playlist.

Massive ecological changes are transpiring in the World Ocean. Environmental sociologist Stefano Longo worries that turning ocean resources -- like fish -- into commodities has led to the depletion of fisheries and the development of environmentally suspect means of aquaculture. [...]

6/25/15

Power And Prayer

Mother Emmanuel's history reminds us that the church has always been a site of resistance. [...]

6/2/15

As Go the Tropics ...

Alumna Sandra Harding (Ph.D., Sociology '94) asks a deceptively simple question: "Is life in the Tropics getting better?" But don't be fooled by the simplicity of that question: her quest for the answer, and her leadership as an economic sociologist, stand to change the world. [...]

5/26/15

Where Diplomats Are Concerned

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Gentry Smith (Political Science '83) speaks Arabic and has lived in Japan, Egypt and Burma — a long way from his hometown in Halifax County in eastern North Carolina, where both his parents were schoolteachers. Meet the director of the Office of Foreign Missions at the State Department. [...]