About Us

Humanities and Social Sciences Building. View from MHThe College of Humanities and Social Sciences' departments and programs offer students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education in the humanities and social sciences while preparing them for a wide range of professions, for graduate school, and for advanced professional study in fields such as law, education, public administration, clinical psychology, and business. For students who intend to become teachers, many of our departments provide a study track for entry into the elementary school teaching credential program, and the College offers secondary credentials in English/Language Arts, Foreign Languages, and History/Social Science. Students who graduate with a degree from H&SS are assured of having depth of understanding in their field of study and the useful core skills that are most attractive to prospective employers and to success in graduate school.

Of course important learning takes place outside of the formal structure of classes as well. H&SS provides many opportunities for students to be involved in faculty research projects, to participate in professional internships, and to be active members of student clubs.  Students can study in Washington, D.C. or in one of several overseas programs that take place during the regular academic year, summer, and intersession. The H&SS Interclub Council (ICC) provides additional leadership opportunities for students in the College, as well as promoting communication among more than 50 clubs and organizations run by and for Humanities and Social Sciences students.

Please visit our academic programs and the many majors, minors, and graduate degrees offered within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. More information is available through the academic advising provided by each of the College's departments and programs as well as by the staff in our Student Access Center located in Humanities 112.

Message from the Dean

Dean, Sheryl Fontaine
Justice, freedom, democracy, race, the good life, religion, human responsibility to one another and to nature—the very concepts upon which modern society is built—are the subjects of study in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. We know from having surveyed our own students, from reaching out to the thousands of alumni who have been our students, and from watching what happens in our state every single day, what we teach our students today will influence what happens in Southern California and the country for years to come. We are fully committed to our responsibility to enhance student achievement with scholarships and high impact programs; support faculty excellence in teaching and in research; and increase collaboration among our faculty, our students, the community, and the state.


Dr. Sheryl I. Fontaine
College of Humanities and Social Sciences



Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at California State University, Fullerton is to educate students to be culturally, globally, socially, historically and environmentally astute, civically responsible alumni able to navigate an increasingly complex and interconnected world. We achieve this by:

  • Fostering in students an understanding of and appreciation for the rich traditions of thought and expression, ideologies, belief systems, and epistemologies that have shaped and continue to shape our world;

  • Engaging in scholarly and creative activities that advance disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge;

  • Creating a learning environment that promotes faculty and student engagement in scholarship and creative activity;

  • Serving as exemplary teachers, researchers, mentors, colleagues, and active members of our campus, regional, and professional communities;

  • Developing critical awareness, cultural literacy, and language and research skills in our students so that they can respond to intellectual challenges in voices that inform and inspire others;

  • Facilitating students' awareness of themselves as consumers and producers of information who act with ethical and academic integrity;

  • Offering interrelated curricula, programs, and services;

  • Providing an academic nexus of the liberal arts for the University.



Signature Initiative

Promote the work of our faculty, our students, and our alumni and the value of the humanities and social sciences on the campus, in the community, and in the workplace.



Core Values and Goals


Student-centered Learning

To provide students with a humanistic and social scientific education that teaches them the languages, geographies, histories, literatures, and contemporary issues in our disciplines.

To develop students’ abilities to posit evidence-based questions, arguments, and hypotheses.

To foster students’ critical thinking and their development as engaged, open, and active learners by means of our courses and our co-curricular support network.

To use teaching strategies and innovative technologies that promote students’ independence and self-awareness and motivate them to explore answers to larger questions throughout their lives.

To graduate students who are able to communicate their thoughts clearly and effectively in both speech and writing.

To graduate students who can evaluate and synthesize information from an array of sources.


Scholarship and Creativity

To create knowledge and advance the work of the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

To seek and provide support for faculty to engage in scholarly and creative activity.

To support scholarship and creative activity that improves pedagogies and exposes students to informed analytical and critical skills.     

To develop and implement innovative research methodologies.

To share the knowledge we gain through scholarly and creative activity with our students, our colleagues, and our intellectual communities.


Global and Social Responsibility

To provide class materials and activities, co-curricular activities, and off-campus opportunities that foster students’ development as productive members of society with global awareness, cultural sensitivity, and social responsibility. 

To create an intellectual environment that encourages students to develop a deep and critical appreciation of their own identities as members of distinctive groups as well as of interconnected communities.

To provide students with a humanistic and social scientific education that creates global citizens who are committed to preserving the human rights of all people while respecting human diversity and the plurality of cultures and societies.

To graduate students who can be effective members and leaders of culturally and socially diverse communities, teams, and organizations.


University Citizenship

To provide instruction and instructional assistance that supports the academic success of students across the University. 

To serve the University in ways that contribute to its proper functioning and to its improvement.   

To promote projects that strengthen collaboration and communication among our students, departments, Colleges, and our regional, national and global communities. 


Community Partnerships

To integrate classroom experience with relevant community-based experience and professional practice in ways that will prepare our students to become active, engaged citizens as well as personally-committed alumni.

To provide mentoring, service-learning and other course-related opportunities that prepare students to enter the local and global workforce.

To provide advising that will prepare students to select appropriate careers and graduate school programs and to envision for themselves established occupations as well as those not yet imagined. 

To design and employ opportunities for students to develop transferable skills in scholarly/creative activity of the humanities and the social sciences, project-based learning, teamwork, social networking, and the ability to present themselves as professionals.

To serve as a resource to local and regional communities in fostering an understanding and appreciation of the humanities and social sciences, as well as in supporting community education and welfare.

To provide local, regional, national, and international communities with opportunities both on- and off-campus to engage intellectually and professionally with the scholars and students in our College.