College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Dean's Office

James McDonald Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Southern Utah University. HSS is comprised of six departments that together form SUU’s dynamic liberal arts core: Communication, English, Foreign Languages & Humanities, History & Sociology, Political Science & Criminal Justice, and Psychology. We are working on further developing the areas of philosophy and anthropology as a near-term goal. The College is also home to the Hispanic Center for Academic Excellence, the Writing Center, the Public Speaking Center, and the Bureau of Land Management Archaeology Repository. Our 1,800 majors are served by 19 undergraduate and 3 graduate degree programs delivered by over 60 full-time faculty members.

HSS is the largest college at SUU in terms of majors, student credit hour generation, and the size of its faculty and staff. Its breadth and diversity make it a complex organization whose disciplines range broadly from language, literature, and the humanities to social sciences that approximate the hard sciences in terms of methods and approach. The College’s departments include faculty whose expertise combines the academic liberal arts with professional programming and outreach. For example, its faculty has taken major initiatives and leadership in international study abroad, service learning, moot court proceedings, forensic science and the crime lab, undergraduate research, creative writing workshops, joint student/faculty journals, and award winning radio and television stations. The list is hardly exhaustive. The key here is that in tandem with classroom instruction, faculty and students collaborate on hand-on training and experience that helps shape student success and future leadership skills. The HSS faculty is also heavily represented in the governance of institution through administration and committee work.

HSS, then, is central to the SUU academic mission and life of the institution. HSS is an exciting place to be for anyone who would like the opportunity to live and learn in an environment that values academic excellence, community and social responsibility, and engagement and personal growth. We invite you to join the HSS family, and encourage you to contact us with any questions you may have.

-Dr. James H. McDonald
Dean and Professor of Anthropology