The College of Humanities and Social Sciences consists of seven undergraduate departments and the ROTC Department. Programs focusing on the humanities and social sciences serve to strengthen critical thinking and analysis, problem-solving capabilities, communication skills and interpretive insights.

The Education programs provide students with a strong foundation in the arts and sciences on which to build their skills in teaching. The teaching endorsement qualifies the students for teaching positions throughout the country. The Education programs are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and approved by the Virginia Department of Education.

Special Opportunities

In the liberal arts, interdisciplinary study in international affairs enhances opportunities for students to study abroad. Internships and cooperative work assignments provide managerial experiences for students with private firms and government agencies. Special assignments in the Governor's Office and with state legislators provide students with insights into public policy.

Special Facilities and Equipment

WVST, the campus radio station, and the Virginia State Television Network (VSUN), the units under the University Academic Technology Department provide production skill training and teach the use of current technologies. Computer-assisted writing laboratories assist students with special problems.

Organizations and Clubs

There are many groups students can join to satisfy their intellectual interests or provide opportunities for co-curricular pursuits. There are clubs connected to academic disciplines that provide informal forums to discuss topics of interest in politics, languages, science, history, computers, literature, technology, and business, among others. There are organizations whose focus is on individual interests, such as dance, broadcasting, and journalism as well.

The Department of Languages and Literature offers several specific facilities: a computer writing center, an electronic writing classroom, television editing laboratory, a radio laboratory, a foreign language laboratory, and a multimedia computer classroom.

The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice offers two specialized laboratories: a forensic laboratory and a computer laboratory.

Other Pertinent Information

The College also offers graduate programs in a variety of areas. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for details.