College of Humanities
and Social Sciences

The CHSS WALL OF HONOR will be held on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 5:30pm in the Lowman Student Center Ballroom on the Sam Houston State University campus. A dinner honoring the recipients followed the ceremony. Complimentary parking available at the SHSU Parking Garage. For more information please call 936.294.2200 or email

Tickets can be purchased through the CHSS Wall of Honor Marketplace


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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.

We are excited that you’ve chosen to be part of CHSS.

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To This day, near-death experiences are a phenomenon that leaves many with a number of questions: How many people have had near-death experiences? Why doesn't everyone have them?

These are questions that Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin, assistant professor of philosophy explores in his new book, "Near Death Experiences: Understanding Visions of the Afterlife," co-authored by John Martin Fischer, distinguished professor of philosophy at the University of California-Riverside.

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