The Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean: David Hamilton Golland, Ph.D.

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

The Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences prepares students for lifelong learning and effective engagement with a changing world. The humanities give critical insight into aspects of thought, values, and achievement in all times and places. The social sciences contribute an understanding of the structure and function of society. Both areas provide a foundation for major courses of study that prepare students for productiveness and responsibility in both their careers and civic life. Undergraduate and graduate curricula provide strong programs that prepare students for successful entry into professions and advanced study. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences fosters critical, social, political, and cultural thought by creating new knowledge, sound, and art. By doing so, the school creates an intentional active learning environment through which students can make a meaningful and long lasting impact. 

The Wayne D. McMurray School offers twenty-three undergraduate degree programs in:

  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art with a Concentration in Photography
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice with Social Work
  • English
  • English with a Concentration in Creative Writing
  • Fine Arts with a Concentration in Animation
  • Fine Arts with a Concentration in Graphic and Interactive Design
  • Foreign Language/Spanish Concentration and Communication (Journalism Cluster)
  • Foreign Language/Spanish Concentration and Communication (Media Studies and Production)
  • History
  • Homeland Security
  • Music
  • Music with a Concentration in Music Industry
  • Music with a Concentration in Musical Theatre
  • Political Science
  • Political Science with a Concentration in International Relations
  • Political Science with a Concentration in Legal Studies
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Spanish

Among our academic goals are proficiency in all forms of communication; 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. Interdisciplinary studies are encouraged. All majors provide options for minors, double majors, concentrations, and interdisciplinary studies.