College of Humanities
and Social Sciences

Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Our disciplines are the fundamental building blocks at the center of all education. By studying history, political science, language, communication, culture and other human influences, students are better able to understand the world around them and their place in it, no matter what career path they may take.

Faculty in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been recognized for their teaching excellence and scholarly achievements at local, regional, state, national and international levels. Courses in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences exceed the national norms in teacher effectiveness and course excellence. The colleges  ‘Ethics, Western Civilization and American Traditions’ (EWCAT) classes offer an innovative approach to core classes in the undergraduate curriculum designed to enhance critical thinking and research skills.

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  • Faculty Spotlight
    Zach Doleshal
    Robert Donahoo, Ph.D.

    Dr. Robert Donahoo, Professor of English at Sam Houston State University, was recently awarded a prestigious grant of nearly $200,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities. This grant award funded the NEH Summer Institute “Reconsidering Flannery O’Connor,” held in July of 2014 at Georgia College in Milledgeville, Georgia, the hometown of renowned author Flannery O’Connor.

  • Student Spotlight
    A. Traub
    Kristin Koci

    Sophomore sociology major and English minor Kristen Koci is highly involved in the Department of Sociology’s Center for Rural Studies. Kristen fell in love with Sam Houston during a high school campus tour. Kristen is now entering her third year at SHSU.

  • Alumni Spotlight
    Howard Ward
    Kim Davis

    On Saturday, May 9th, at the 9:30am commencement ceremony, Kimberly A. Davis became the first graduate of Sam Houston State University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Publishing and Editing program.Kim earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with a concentration of Arts & Entertainment Media Management from Columbia College in Chicago in 1985.