College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean: Robert Friedman, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: Alan Cottrell, Ph.D.
Associate Dean: Emily Isaacs, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean: Yolanda Alvarez, M.A.

In the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), traditional liberal studies serve as the foundation of a university education. The college's curriculum emphasizes the development of analytic skills, communication skills and social understanding. Our students can study the traditional liberal studies, such as philosophy and literature, along with courses on the vanguard of contemporary developments, such as cognitive science and film studies. Degrees in this college are recognized as excellent preparation for any number of careers, or for professional and graduate study.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences provides students with several applied study options: internships, apprenticeships, and field study programs. Many departments offer clinical training or professional certificate programs, including teacher certification. A growing number of CHSS faculty offer service-learning courses, in which coursework is linked to community development projects. Through these experiences, students build professional skills that can be utilized in business, human service, education, government, and healthcare careers. Recruiters continue to seek out students who demonstrate skills in analysis, communication, problem solving, and teamwork.

A highlight of CHSS is its interdisciplinary programs, each of which allows students to explore a theme or area of interest from a number of perspectives. Students interested in Latin American issues, for example, can study Latino/a history and literature as well as the sociological and psychological factors that affect cultural identity. All of the interdisciplinary programs in CHSS provide students with a unique educational opportunity - for integrated study beyond the bounds of any one discipline.

World language programs in the College offer excellent opportunities for students to immerse themselves in another language and culture through our study abroad programs. Typically, the college offers several such programs each year, in places such as London, Nice, Madrid, Sicily, Siena, and Guadalajara.

Faculty in the college are leaders in the use of educational technology. In addition to using in-class technology, such as computer-aided instruction and innovative software, many faculty supplement their courses with some form of web-based learning. Some courses are taught entirely on the web or via live synchronous learning.

The courses of study within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been at the core of the educational enterprise at Montclair State University since it was established one hundred years ago. The college continues to focus its energies, grow, develop, and change, in order to provide students with the very best in the liberal arts and social science traditions 

Departments and Programs

African-American Studies Program

Undergraduate

Anthropology

Undergraduate

Asian Studies Program

Undergraduate

Child Advocacy and Policy Program

Undergraduate

Graduate

Classics and General Humanities

Undergraduate

Graduate

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Undergraduate

Graduate

English

Undergraduate

Graduate

Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Program

Undergraduate

History

Undergraduate

Graduate

International Studies Program

Undergraduate

Justice Studies

Undergraduate

Graduate

Latin American and Latino Studies Program

Undergraduate

Leadership Development Through Civic Engagement Program

Undergraduate

Linguistics

Undergraduate

Graduate

Modern Languages and Literatures

Undergraduate

Graduate

Philosophy

Undergraduate

Political Science and Law

Undergraduate

Graduate

Psychology

Undergraduate

Graduate

Religion

Undergraduate

Sociology

Undergraduate

Graduate

Spanish/Italian

Undergraduate

Graduate