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The College of Social Sciences and Humanities is the liberal arts center of Northeastern University’s thriving academic community. The college’s 17 schools, departments, and programs—with disciplines ranging from economics and history, to English and international affairs, just to name a few—form an interdisciplinary group of scholars with global perspectives and a culture of inclusion.

Strategic Areas of Focus

  1. Resilience, Sustainability, and Equity
  2. Cultural Transformations, Governance, and Globalization
  3. Network Science, Computational Social Science, Digital Humanities, and Information Ethics

CSSH is the home of Experiential Liberal Arts, an innovative framework of integrated study and experiential opportunities. Our expert faculty connects liberal arts education with the challenges of our time, fostering ethical reasoning and critical thought, with attention to the enduring significance of history, literature, and culture.


Undergraduate Education

CSSH offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs, including 15 different majors as well as a diverse set of combined-major options, concentrations, minors, and five-year bachelor/master’s degree PlusOne programs. All provide opportunities to engage in original research; all weave global perspectives into the learning process. With such an array of options, students’ paths are rarely the same, but all benefit from a diverse community of thinkers and problem solvers.

Graduate Education

Graduate programs in CSSH provide a strong foundation for advanced study and research. CSSH faculty members’ cutting-edge interdisciplinary work inspires the development of new programs, research fellowship opportunities, and mentoring relationships.

Experiential Learning Philosophy

CSSH emphasizes educational experiences beyond the classroom. Whether by gaining career or research experience on co-op, exploring societal challenges through service learning, engaging with peoples or cultures in a foreign country, or contributing to a directed research study, experiential learning is an essential part of every CSSH student’s education.

World-Class Faculty

CSSH is home to over 160 tenured and tenure-track faculty members who are leaders in their subject areas. CSSH faculty members include trailblazers in security and resilience studies, urban/coastal sustainability, environmental health and ethics, network science, and digital humanities, among many other fields.

A Community of Thinkers

CSSH fosters a collaborative environment to enhance the creation and exchange of new knowledge. The college offers creative educational programming and events to engage the university community. The Humanities Center connects students, faculty members, and staff members from all over the university through research initiatives, lectures, and cultural events, while other interdisciplinary research centers bring together scholars with varying perspectives to tackle real-world problems.

Dean’s Welcome

Dean’s Welcome

Read Dean Uta Poiger’s welcome letter to new and prospective students.

Dean’s Welcome