Turn your passion into action at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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In the college of Humanities and Social Sciences we don't train for jobs. We build careers.

The Humanities and Social Sciences benefit us in many ways: They educate us about a constantly changing world, elevate our civic life, enhance our understanding of what it means to be human, and employ diversity and creativity for the good of all. And how does HSS benefit its own graduates?

Rather than learning job skills that may be outdated in ten years, HSS students acquire the tools that allow them to build life-long careers. They learn how to think, argue compellingly, lead teams, communicate effectively, and conduct research - the very skills employers seek the most. We know, because we've asked them.

HSS graduates learn and grow their entire lives, making their careers more interesting, far-reaching, and rewarding. In the college of Humanities and Social Sciences we don't train for jobs. We build careers.


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Your Future

With over 25 unique degree programs, HSS is a popular destination for students interested in the areas of law, politics, education, business, psychology, and public administration among others.

We offer students the breadth of a traditional liberal arts education while preparing them for a wide range of professions, graduate school, or advanced professional study and assuring that they have a 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.


Our Mission

To educate students to be culturally, globally, socially, historically and environmentally astute, civically responsible alumni able to navigate an increasingly complex and interconnected world.


 Faculty and Classmates

Here you'll learn beside a like-minded student body, from dedicated faculty committed to providing students with the skills, tools, and knowledge that will enable them to realize their dreams.

Our faculty members are scholars who are devoted to study and research in their own professional fields and committed teachers who care deeply about the intellectual engagement and growth of their students. The College is proud to be home to over 200 faculty members who, together, represent an elite group of nationally and internationally recognized scholars, authors, and teachers.


Our Students' Values

Civic Engagement

Cultivating the knowledge, skills, abilities, and motivation to work and make a difference in the lives of our communities.

Social Justice

Justice in terms of the distribution of wealth, resources, opportunities, and privileges within a society.

Global Awareness

An understanding of the impact that environmental, cultural, political, and economic issues have on the world.


Opportunities Abound


Beyond the Classroom

We believe that important learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, thus HSS students are provided with opportunities 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, Study Abroad programs that take place during the regular academic year, summer, and intersession.


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The Campus At A Glance

Our Campus

California State University, Fullerton is a major regional university in a vital, flourishing area that includes Orange County, metropolitan Los Angeles and the expanding Inland Empire. The beautiful, 236-acre campus is set in Fullerton in north Orange County, about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles and about 21 miles from nearby beaches.

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Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, CSUF is fourth in the nation for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to minority students and first in California for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to Hispanics.


The University is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system. Since the campus opened, CSUF has awarded degrees to more than 215,000 graduates. Many are leaders in business, government, education and the arts.



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