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College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Fall 2008 Overview
Unit Description

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences is a cornerstone of learning and research at George Mason University. Its mission is to provide high quality education for graduate and undergraduate students, to conduct relevant research across the humanities and social sciences, and to offer intellectual leadership to the community.

In fulfillment of its educational mission, the college offers challenging academic programs to students at all levels. The 20 programs at the undergraduate level provide students with a broad foundation of knowledge through emphasis on research, global awareness, leadership, technology, and writing. In addition to courses and special opportunities such as internships and study abroad, the college has programs to help them make a successful transition from college to career. The 27 programs at the graduate level give students opportunities for career advancement, professional training, personal fulfillment, and participation in research that has practical applications in today’s world.

The goal of the research mission of the college is to increase the fund of theoretical and applied knowledge across regional, national, and international spheres. It fulfills this mission by fostering internal and external collaborations and by promoting research activity as an important component of graduate and undergraduate education. The results of this scholarship enrich the lives of individuals, meet national and international research needs, and respond to global challenges and opportunities. In 2008-2009, the college had $16,074,866 in new awards and $17,719,616 in total research expenditures.

The college’s community mission is fulfilled by demonstrating intellectual leadership in the community. With different community partners, the college participates in innovative programs, service offerings, and strategic alliances that strengthen the public, private, and civic sectors. Each year, the faculty share their expertise in a variety of ways with many different audiences from students in the K-12 schools to retirees in the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

The college is composed of 11 departments, 11 major interdisciplinary programs, one college, and 10 research centers and has a distinguished faculty of over 400. Over the past years, the faculty have received numerous awards and prizes including the Nobel Memorial Prize, the Stockholm Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur fellowship, and the Guggenheim Fellowship, among others. It is also home to three university-wide programs for undergraduate students -- the Honors Program in General Education, Technology across the Curriculum, and the University Writing Center.

Headcount Total Fall 2008 8,208
Undergraduate 6,219
Graduate 1,989
Average Age 26
% Female 61
% Minorities 22
% Non-Res Alien 3
% Full-time 64
% Out-of-state 17
Faculty (by Tenure Status)
Tenure/Tenure-Track 299
Restricted 113
Total 412
Faculty (by Type)
Instructional 393
Research 19
Total 412
Admin/Support Staff 128
Part-time Faculty 255
Graduate Assistant 287
Total 670
Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 47
Admin/Support Staff 13
Part-time Faculty 35
Graduate Assistant 22
Total 117
% Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 11.4
Admin/Support Staff 10.2
Part-time Faculty 13.7
Graduate Assistant 7.7
Total % of Minority Faculty/Staff 10.8
Bachelor Individualized Study
College Liberal Arts/Human Sci
Cultural Studies
Higher Education Program
MA Interdisciplinary Studies
Modern & Classical Languages
New Century College
Public & International Affairs
Religious Studies
Sociology and Anthropology
Undergraduate Degrees
Administration of Justice
Art History
Foreign Languages
Global Affairs
Government and International Politics
Individualized Study
Integrative Studies
Latin American Studies
Public Administration
Religious Studies
Russian Studies
Graduate Degrees
MA Anthropology
MA Art History
MA Communication
MA Criminology, Law and Society
MA Economics
MA English
MA Foreign Languages
MA History
MA Philosophy
MA Political Science
MA Psychology
MA Sociology
MAIS Interdisciplinary Studies, (Individualized)
MFA Creative Writing
MPA Public Administration
MS Biodefense
DA Community College Education
PHD Biodefense
PHD Communication
PHD Criminology, Law and Society
PHD Cultural Studies
PHD Economics
PHD History
PHD Political Science
PHD Psychology
PHD Sociology
  1. Over the past years, the college boasts 2 Nobel Laureates, 2 Pulitzer Prize winners, 6 Guggenheim recipients, and 2 MacArthur recipients.
  1. Fall faculty and student data were based on the University's fall official census snapshots, usually taken in the mid of Oct.
  2. Faculty and students from minorty ethnic background include African Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans.