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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 liberal arts are the foundation for all higher education. The study of the liberal arts in Bridgewater State University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences provides students with the means to think creatively and critically, to write and speak effectively, to cultivate skills in qualitative and quantitative research, and to understand the human condition in diverse ways.

    The College of Humanities and Social Sciences prepares students to become lifelong learners who are intellectually curious, culturally literate, adaptable to change, and respectful of individual and cultural differences. In accordance with the University's mission to provide, at an affordable price, the finest possible educational experience and boundless opportunities for achievement, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences prepares students for a rewarding life, a satisfying career, responsible citizenship, and leadership in both the region and the global society. To accomplish these ends, the mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is to promote and support excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative expression by providing inspiring learning environments where students grow both intellectually and socially through encountering a variety of critical, creative, historical, 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.

    Contact Us


    Dr. Arnaa Alcon, Dean

    Dr. Michael McClintock, Associate Dean

    Office Staff

    Ms. Maureen Johnson, 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 & Room 101
    10 Shaw Road
    Bridgewater, MA 02325
    United States

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