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Communication

Communication

The Department of Communication gives students a solid grounding in theory so they can analyze complex messages and address the challenges facing today’s networked, global society.

English

English

The Department of English is a big tent where diverse pursuits thrive, from literature to linguistics, creative writing to film studies, technical writing, and rhetoric and composition.

Foreign Languages and Literatures

Foreign Languages and Literatures

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures fosters international awareness and understanding that is critical to the social and economic development of our state and nation.

History

History

The Department of History studies and teaches about change over time and its causation. If we understand the past, we are better prepared for the future.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) Program integrates concepts, theories and tools from two or more disciplines to address complex issues and broad themes that require a multi-tiered approach.

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy and Religious Studies foster critical, constructive and independent thinking, leading to excellence in graduate studies, professional training and many careers.

Psychology

Psychology

The Department of Psychology creates and shares knowledge about the mind and its relation to behavior and the brain.

Public and International Affairs

Public and International Affairs

Want a career in the public or nonprofit sector? The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) prepares tomorrow's leaders in the classroom and in internships so they're ready to address the challenges facing government, politics, policymaking and international affairs.

Social Work

Social Work

The Department of Social Work prepares community-minded, culturally-sensitive professional social workers who have the skills, knowledge and values to advance the dignity of all people.

Sociology and Anthropology

Sociology and Anthropology

Founded in 1920, the Department of Sociology and Anthropology is a diverse and progressive community of scholars whose research in sociology, anthropology, and criminology helps solve real-world problems.

Humanities and Social Sciences News

Wednesday July 1, 2015

"I am ..." Humanities and Social Sciences at NC State

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Students graduating with a degree from NC State's Humanities and Social Sciences become entrepreneurs, scholars, business leaders and thoughtful citizens. They forge careers that require intellectual flexibility, outstanding communication skills, broad knowledge of the world, and a sophisticated understanding of human beings and their challenges.

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Rubik's Cube: Easier Than English?

Zeli "Jeff" Qian is a cubist — as in Rubik's Cube. The Zhejiang Province native can finish the cube-shaped puzzle in 18.27 seconds, a time that's listed in the World Cube Association's record books. Qian brought that same determination to NC State, where he's studying mechanical engineering. He's also honing his English speaking, writing and research skills through Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures courses for non-native speakers of English.

How has religion shaped jazz and the way people think about it? Professor of religious studies and jazz musician Jason Bivins explores jazz, religion and American culture in "Spirits Rejoice!" [...]

6/25/15

Power And Prayer

Mother Emmanuel's history reminds us that the church has always been a site of resistance. [...]

6/30/15

How Old You Feel Matters (and It Changes Day to Day)

New research from NC State finds that how old you feel changes on a daily basis – and that has very real ramifications for your well-being. [...]

6/10/15

On Fisheries, Society and Sustainability

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Massive ecological changes are transpiring in the World Ocean. Environmental sociologist Stefano Longo worries that turning ocean resources -- like fish -- into commodities has led to the depletion of fisheries and the development of environmentally suspect means of aquaculture. He's co-authored "The Tragedy of the Commodity: Oceans, Fisheries, and Aquaculture" to turn our attention to the issues we face in our relationship with the oceanic ecological system. [...]