A Note from the Dean

A Note from the Dean

Dr. Hamner Hill, Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences comprises five academic departments covering at least 16 distinct academic subject areas. We range from the very practical and applied (social work or the police academy) to the most abstract and theoretical (philosophy).

Students studying within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences can expect foreign travel, legislative internships in Jefferson City, archaeological field work, exposure to world religions, hands-on experience with small press publishing, pre-licensure field work in social work, training in foreign languages, and exposure to the history of ideas. Actually, a shorter list would be what students won’t get in our college.

In the next year, I am most excited about developing the identity of the new college together and getting the word out about what we have to offer. A lot of people do not seem to recognize the value of the liberal arts tradition that the College of Humanities and Social Sciences embodies, but we are here to change that.

Knowing we make a difference in the lives of our students is easily my favorite thing about working at Southeast. Students and their parents place a huge amount of trust in us when they decide to come to Southeast. Knowing we have earned that trust, and that we give our students what they need and help change lives is deeply rewarding.

We face a host of extraordinary challenges — economic, political, environmental — and enabling our students to deal with them as informed, educated citizens is the most important thing a public university does.


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