Bridging Disciplines, Breaking New Ground
Research in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences confronts 21st-century issues: safety and security; access to healthy foods; sustainable growth; and managing ethnic, religious and gender differences.
Scientific discovery and technical innovation are essential in facing these challenges, but they aren't sufficient. Our faculty are innovators in their own fields, advancing our understanding of how people think and act, both now and in the distant past. They include internationally renowned experts in digital humanities, linguistics, forensic science, foreign languages, communications, psychology, English history, archaeology and more.
Technical problems are never just technical. They have important social dimensions as well.
Kathleen Vogel, Director, Science, Technology and Society Program
Our researchers work with colleagues across the academic spectrum — from engineers and scientists to veterinarians and statisticians — to investigate how emerging technologies can address enduring problems. Their insights shape the way leaders and policymakers use new technologies.
Online Tool Aims to Help Researchers Sift Through 15 Centuries of Data
Digital humanities scholars from NC State University and Texas A&M University are launching BigDIVA, a powerful new system designed to help researchers more quickly and accurately sift through hundreds of thousands of archives and articles related to materials dating from 450 A.D. to the 20th century.
Advancements in science and technology generate social, ethical and political issues. Programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are teaching students how to navigate these changing waters as they strive to make the world a smarter — and safer — place.
Research aims to reduce HIV/STD risk factors among teenage girls
Research led by NC State psychology professor Laura Widman aims to reduce young people’s risk of HIV and other STDs through a new web-based intervention program she developed for teen girls. Starting this fall, she and other researchers will see how effective the program, Project HEART, is with up to 300 teenagers in North Carolina.
Do You Read Me?
Engineers have their own way of talking about their work. Computer scientists often speak a different kind of code. Statisticians employ yet another specialized language. Get them all together and it can feel like a veritable Tower of Babel. That's why NC State’s Laboratory for Analytic Sciences invited experts in communication, social science, management and design to join them. Our communication researchers are working to improve collaboration among interdisciplinary teams analyzing big data projects.
When our research yields important results, the benefits of that work spread far and wide. Humanities and Social Sciences faculty play key roles at the Laboratory for Analytic Sciences and the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities — NC State-led partnerships that are making the United States and the world more secure. As part of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, we're exploring the ethical considerations around applying new technologies in nature.
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Our students also benefit from — and contribute to — our robust research culture. Working alongside faculty researchers, our graduate and undergraduate students apply classroom lessons in the real world, from studying ways to prevent child abuse in homeless shelters to uncovering medical errors. Engaging in research prepares our students for the world after graduation, whether they’re entering careers or going on to graduate school.
Our network of government, industry and community partnerships puts the results of our research into the public’s hands. Through a series of centers and institutes, we work closely with the societal actors who confront grand challenges: nonprofit organizations; local, state and federal agencies; and everyday citizens.
Institutes and Centers
The Institute for Nonprofits leverages the expertise and commitment of faculty, students, staff and community partners to bolster the work of nonprofit agencies. Through research, education and engagement, the Institute builds capacity and develops future nonprofit leaders.
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The Khayrallah Center is dedicated to research about the Lebanese diaspora in the United States and throughout the world, and to disseminating this knowledge to the scholarly community and general public.
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The Center for Family and Community Engagement supports safe, healthy and productive families and communities. The center provides training, program support and evaluation on family-centered meetings as it partners with organizations throughout the state, nation and world.
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The Forensic Sciences Institute is an affiliated program that advances forensic science methods and technologies; educates and trains students, law enforcement professionals and K-12 educators; and promotes public understanding of the role and impact of the forensic sciences on society.
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Reinforcements for Researchers
Research begins with a question and ends with new insights. The path in-between can be a long, arduous one where progress is incremental and challenges abound. We've built an infrastructure at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences that supports faculty through every step of the research process, from crafting grant proposals to sharing results.
The Office of Research and Engagement includes experienced professionals who can offer financial and administrative guidance during proposal preparation, examine proposals before submission and ensure compliance with regulations set by funders, including the university and state and federal agencies.
Humanities and Social Sciences Research Blog
Apr 25, 2016
Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/SBE Partnering in Round 4 of the Digging into Data Challenge
Scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences with international projects will find this to be of considerable interest.Dear Colleague Letter: NSF/SBE Partnering in Round 4 of the Digging into Data ChallengeRead more »
Apr 25, 2016
NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing
Note that "Inclusion of social and behavioral science expertise is encouraged where appropriate."NSF 16-059Dear Colleague Letter: Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing - Public Participation in Engineering ResearchRead more »
Apr 25, 2016
DEADLINE MAY 4: Humanities Access Grants: National Endowment for the Humanities
Humanities Access grants help support capacity building for humanities programs that benefit one or more of the following groups: youth, communities of color, and economically disadvantaged populations.Humanities Access grants establish or augment term endowments (that is, endowments whose funds are entirely expended over the course of a set time period) to provide funding for existing programs at institutions such as public libraries, local and regional museums, historical societies, community colleges, HBCUs and tribal colleges, Hispanic-serving institutions, archival repositories, and other cultural organizations. Humanities Access grants are intended to seed longer-term endowment-building efforts.For further details, see the announcement at http://www.neh.gov/grants/challenge/humanities-access-grants.