The College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) is the liberal arts core of Northeastern University’s thriving academic community.
The college’s 17 schools, departments, and programs – with disciplines ranging from economics and history, to English and international affairs, just to name a few – form an interdisciplinary collaborative of scholars with global perspectives. The CSSH mission is:
- To contribute to the liberal arts education of all Northeastern students;
- To produce cutting-edge knowledge about and solutions to the political and social problems of our contemporary world; and
- To foster ethical reasoning and critical thought, with attention to the enduring significance of history, literature, and culture.
This mission, along with a strong international focus, gives CSSH a central role in fulfilling Northeastern’s ambition of educating global citizens.
CSSH offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs, including 15 different majors as well as a diverse set of combined-major options, concentrations, minors, and five-year bachelor/master’s degree PlusOne programs. All engage students in original research; all weave global perspectives into the learning process. With such an array of options, students’ paths are rarely the same, but all benefit from a rich environment for intellectual growth. Read More
Graduate programs in CSSH provide fertile ground and resources for advanced study and research. CSSH faculty members’ cutting-edge interdisciplinary work inspires the development of new programs, research fellowship opportunities, and mentoring relationships. Read More
Experiential Learning Philosophy
CSSH emphasizes real-world educational experiences. Whether it is by gaining job or research experience on co-op, exploring societal challenges through service learning, engaging with peoples or cultures in a foreign country, or creating new knowledge on a directed research study, experiential learning is a part of every CSSH student’s Northeastern career. Read More
CSSH is home to over 160 tenured and tenure-track faculty members who are leaders in their areas of expertise. CSSH faculty members include trailblazers in security and resilience studies, urban/coastal sustainability, environmental health and ethics, network science, and digital humanities, among others. Read More
A Community of Thinkers
CSSH fosters a collaborative environment to enhance the creation and exchange of new knowledge. The college offers creative educational programming and events to engage the university community. The Humanities Center housed within the college connects students, faculty members, and staff members from all over the university through research initiatives, lectures, and cultural events, while other interdisciplinary research centers bring together scholars with varying perspectives to tackle real-world problems.