About Us

The humanities capture the way people understand the world and their place in it. The social sciences address the way people interact within their social and physical contexts. In the 21st century, the humanities and social sciences aren't just relevant — they’re essential.

Leaders for Tomorrow — and Today

At NC State, we study human thought (the humanities) and action (the social sciences) in a high-tech context. Our faculty lead their fields and work at the forefront of intellectual innovation. Our undergraduate and graduate programs help students develop the critical-thinking skills to lead the charge on solving global problems: improving health, confronting climate change, mediating the clash of cultures and religions and building a more sustainable future.

People shouldn't have to choose between making a living and making a difference. I believe you can do both.

— Jessica Ekstrom (communication ‘13), founder, Headbands of Hope

With more than 4,200 students, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is NC State’s second largest college on campus. Our renowned faculty lead programs in communication, English, foreign languages and literatures, history, philosophy and religious studies, interdisciplinary studies, psychology, public and international affairs, social work, sociology and anthropology.

Crossing Boundaries

Education transcends the classroom in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Through research, study abroad programs, internships and their own entrepreneurial work, our students learn by doing. That experiential education does more than enrich students — it has far-reaching societal and economic impact.

We work with nonprofit, government and community partners to make a tangible impact on the world, from building the capacity of nonprofits and their leaders through the Institute for Nonprofits to applying academic research to community problems at the Center for Family and Community Engagement.

Our faculty and students break down the boundaries between academic disciplines. At NC State's Forensic Sciences Institute, anthropology faculty work with colleagues in textiles, computer science and public health to solve cold cases, while scholars in English and communication collaborate with architecture and engineering experts to recreate the past with next-generation digital humanities tools. And our interdisciplinary studies program helps students, faculty and the community think outside the disciplinary box.