The Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Interim Dean: Richard F. Veit, Ph.D.

Associate Dean: Michael Paul Thomas, M.F.A.

The Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences offers thirteen master’s degree programs (Addiction Studies, Anthropology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Communication, Communication with an Interactive Digital Media Concentration, Communication with a Strategic Public Relations and Social Media Concentration, Criminal Justice, English with a Concentration in Creative Writing, English with a Concentration in Rhetoric, English with a Concentration in Literature, History, and a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Creative Writing, as well as twenty-three undergraduate degree programs. Graduate certificates are offered in creative writing, archaeology, geographic information systems (G.I.S.), professional counseling, and two specific areas of communication. All programs of study are directed toward preparing students for working and living in a global environment.

Study in the humanities and social sciences and related professional fields provide valuable perspectives and skills necessary for both the job market and community life. Among our academic goals are proficiency in all forms of communication, such as scientific literacy; an appreciation for the diversity of people and ideas and the ability to collaborate with others; stimulation of aesthetic sensitivity and creative expression; and the ability to think and react critically.

Within the School of Humanities and Social Sciences are the Freed Chair in Social Science endowed through a gift from the Gerald Freed Foundation. Professor Rekha Datta occupies the Freed Endowed Chair in Social Sciences. The Jules Plangere Jr. Chair in American Social History endowed through a gift of Life Trustee Jules Plangere Jr. Professor Katherine Parkin occupies the Jules Plangere Jr. Endowed Chair in American History and Political Studies. The McMurray-Bennett Endowed Chair in the Humanities. Professor Kristen Bluemel of the English Department occupies the Wayne D. McMurray-Bennett Chair. The Helen McMurray Bennett Endowed Chair of Social Ethics. Professor Johanna Foster occupies the Helen McMurray Bennett Endowed Chair of Social Ethics.