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, Languages & Philosophy, History, Sociology, & Anthropology, Political Science & Criminal Justice, and Psychology. The College is also home to the Hispanic Center for Academic Excellence, the Grace A. Tanner Center for Human Values, the Writing Center, the Speech and Presentation Center, and the SUU Archaeology Repository. Our 1,300 majors are served by 21 undergraduate and 2 graduate degree programs delivered by over 80 full-time faculty members.

HSS is one the largest college at SUU. It is also the university’s intellectually most diverse college. What holds us together is our deep interest in the human condition, which we explore through multiple entry points. The College’s faculty and staff are committed to combining powerful classroom experiences with transformational project-based learning that applies classroom-based knowledge with real-world problems. HSS faculty has taken major initiatives and leadership in project-based learning, international study abroad, service learning, moot court proceedings, forensic science and the crime lab, undergraduate research, creative writing workshops, undergraduate scholarship journals, and award winning radio and television programming. 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