Stats and Strengths

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences studies human thought and action 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 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. 

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  • 10 academic units: Communication, English, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Interdisciplinary Studies; Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology and Anthropology, and the School of Public and International Affairs 
  • 4,300+ students
  • 600+ faculty and staff
  • 38,600 alumni
  • 50+ undergraduate majors, 40+ undergraduate minors, 12 master’s degrees, five Ph.D. programs, three dual-degree honors programs and four graduate certificate programs
  • A campus leader in students who study abroad
  • Houses five community-oriented institutes and centers that further NC State’s land-grant mission
  • 117 endowments valued at $18.5 million in FY ‘17
  • Private fundraising in FY ‘17: $3.7 million
  • Capital Campaign progress year to date: $22.9 million towards our college’s $35 million goal 
  • FY ‘17 gifts for freshman merit scholarships, high impact learning, graduate student support, faculty and special needs: 75% from alumni; 13% from corporations, foundations and friends; 12% from faculty

$33.5M in Sponsored Research in the Past Five Years

Research that Matters

Applied Learning

  • 40 percent of undergraduates earn Dean’s List honors
  • A campus leader in students who study abroad, and in faculty who lead study abroad programs
  • Student researchers have earned Fulbright, Boren, Goldwater and Gilman fellowships
  • 40+ student organizations 
  • Internship opportunities with major corporations, governmental agencies, nonprofits and local businesses
  • Student entrepreneurs who launch ventures for social change

Pace-setter for Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Extensive Partnerships