At NC State’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, you’ll learn concepts in the classroom and make them concrete in the real world. In a range of disciplines, from history to English and foreign languages to sociology, our world-class experts will teach you how to apply what you learn through internships in your field, studying overseas, conducting research, serving the community or even launching your own ventures.
Don't just go to class. Get involved with your professors and find out what they do other than teach. Do your interests fit into what they're examining? It's wonderful resume building to engage in research, so take advantage of what's going on
Hayden Russell, English
Our college is the second-largest at NC State, and life outside the classroom is as engaging as what happens within. We support more than 40 student organizations and connect students with shared academic, cultural and artistic interests. It all happens on North Carolina’s largest college campus, where students from 117 countries have built a community bursting with intellectual energy.
Theory Meets Practice
For Psychology grad Riyana Dasgupta, a summer researching medical errors was the first step toward a career in health care.
The Global Classroom
From Jordan to Ecuador, our students travel the world, bringing the lessons of their classroom to life.
The Tools to Succeed
You bring so much talent and drive to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. We’ve built the infrastructure to help you achieve your goals. From choosing the right courses, to finding the right internship, to financing your studies, we have the tools to help you succeed.
In addition to assigning each student an advisor, our 10 departments and programs have advising coordinators at the ready. And our Academic Support Center offers daily walk-in service, provided by graduate students who know the ropes.
We also offer merit scholarships, both for incoming freshmen and for current students who show promise.
Meet some of our students
Research, Advocacy Lead International Studies Major to the UN
Maya Krishnan (International Studies and Business Administration) graduates this spring after serving as a fellow for the North Carolina advocacy group WomenNC. She also recently participated in the United Nation's 60th session of the Commission on the Status of Women.
Doctoral Student Helps Recreate Historic King Speech
Bringing the words of a 1960 speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to life has been the work of doctoral student Keon Pettiway, a digital humanist and research assistant with NC State's Virtual MLK Project (vMLK). And as he completes his Ph.D. in communication, rhetoric and digital media, he and the vMLK team are preparing for a September event at NC State University that will draw attention to King's involvement in North Carolina during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Research Tests Success of Conditional Poverty Aid
How can countries best address institutional poverty? One method -- called conditional cash transfer, or CCT -- rewards socially beneficial actions. For example, a CCT program may give a family money in exchange for sending its children to school or regular medical check-ups. Master of International Studies student Lesa Sexton set out to discover if national CCT programs in Mexico and Brazil are having a major impact on education for children living in poverty.