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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

The College of Humanities & Social Sciences is home to a variety of undergraduate degree programs, including English, criminal justice, and psychology. The College also offers several graduate degrees, including the MSW, which is housed in our School of Social Work. Many of the College's courses are part of the university's Core Curriculum and are designed to build critical thinking, speaking and writing skills. Our faculty members are creative and research-oriented, focused on encouraging students to become lifelong learners and leaders in a diverse and ever-changing world.

Academic Departments and Programs

Studying the Humanities at BSU


The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to promote and support excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative expression grounded in the liberal arts. Dedicated faculty provide inspiring, rigorous learning environments and the means for students to think and solve problems innovatively, critically, and collaboratively; to write and speak effectively; to collect, analyze, and correctly apply qualitative and quantitative data in order to address problems; and to engage with the complexity of the human condition through encounters with diverse critical, creative, artistic, historical, cultural, and global perspectives.


  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration

A Message from the Dean

Welcome to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University, where we study what it is to be human, to be creative, and to function in groups and as individuals.

The humanities disciplines encompass everything from music to philosophy to languages, while the social sciences include political science, economics, anthropology, and much more. The research and creative activity undertaken by the College's faculty ranges from cognitive neuropsychology to metal sculpture to literary criticism, among many other specialties.

Our faculty members work closely with our students and care deeply about their success. The College prides itself on the extensive amount of undergraduate research its students undertake in conjunction with faculty mentors.

The College is the home of sixteen academic departments, even more academic majors, and most of the Core Curriculum, which makes up the liberal arts heart of a Bridgewater State University education. Here you will find dedicated teaching, innovative research, and close connections between faculty and students. Begin your exploration here.

BSU is committed to hiring and supporting diverse faculty. One way we are working toward this goal is through a National Science Foundation grant supported alliance with Framingham State University and Worcester State University to develop, implement, and institutionalize an equity-minded model for advancing early career STEM faculty who are members of AGEP populations: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. Learn more about the MUS AGEP alliance »

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This project is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) under Grants: 2149849, 2149858, 2149883. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF.

Contact Us


Dr. Arnaa Alcon, Dean

Dr. Michael McClintock, Associate Dean

Office Staff

Ms. Arielle Ballard, Staff Assistant to the Dean

Ms. Kathleen Sandstrum, Administrative Assistant

Fax: 508.531.6131

College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Bridgewater State University
Maxwell Library, Rooms 100 & 101
10 Shaw Road
Bridgewater, MA 02325
United States

Office Hours
Monday - Friday, 8:15am - 5:00pm