As a student in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, you’ll gain an education from a college that is ranked fifth nationally, based on faculty scholarly productivity and doctoral programs, by the Academic Analytics Company.
You’ll be part of Sam Houston State University’s newest college (created in 2004) in the newest (opened in March 2009)—and largest—academic building on campus, the $30 million College of Humanities & Social Sciences building. This beautiful building was created with students like you in mind. Features include:
- 24-hour computer labs with an abundance of computers and televisions
- “Smart” classrooms with state-of-the-art technology—geared toward enhancing the teaching and learning experience
- 150,000 square feet of classroom space, student services areas and faculty and administrative offices—so you have easy access to faculty and administrators
- The 10,000-square-foot, national award-winning Student Advising and Mentoring (SAM) Center
- Professional and Academic Center for Excellence (PACE), created to ensure your faculty are exceptional teachers
The College has eight departments:
- Communication Studies
- Family & Consumer Sciences
- Foreign Languages
- Political Science
- Psychology & Philosophy
You’ll learn from faculty, like:
- Paul Ruffin, 2009 Texas Poet Laureate, a Texas State University System Regents’ Professor and Distinguished Professor of English, who has published more than 24 books, 800 poems and numerous essays and reviews, and was named one of the state’s top 10 poets by the Texas Commission on the Arts
- Melissa Morphew, associate professor and well-published poet, whose poems have received such national awards as the Cecil J. Hackney Literary Award, the Randall Jarrell International Poetry Prize and the W.B. Yeats Society Award for Poetry
- John de Castro, behavioral researcher and dean of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, who has written many articles, including, "A Plan for Eating In the Real World"
- Jim Olson, Regents Professor of History
- Marc Boccaccini, winner of the University Outstanding Research Award
- Sandro Bonanno, Distinguished Professor of Sociology
- Frank Fair, 2011 Piper Professor Award winner
- Stacy Ulbig, 2011 University Outstanding Teaching Award winner
You can be a part of award-winning groups, such as:
- SHSU Debate Team - In the current national rankings of the International Public Debate Association (IPDA) SHSU currently has 4 debaters who are ranked in the top 10 varsity debaters in the country, Steve Sears, Tim Sears, Cody Stevens of Magnolia and Steven Perry of Orange, including the current #1 ranked varsity debater, Steve Sears. In the Professional Division Jeremy Coffman of the Woodlands, Adam Key of Spring, and Robert Trevino of Houston are all in the top 10 nationally. Key is ranked 1st. In addition, Fabiola Sanchez of Taylor and Stacy Hood of Royse City are currently first ranked nationally in the Team division.