Research and Engagement

Our rich research culture takes learning beyond the classroom and shapes the way society applies scientific innovations.

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.

Sharing Solutions

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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The multidisciplinary GES Center is an affiliated program that brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds to analyze and communicate the many facets of genetic engineering.
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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.