Dean’s Welcome

Welcome to the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Our college is a leader in the experiential liberal arts: we combine Northeastern’s signature focus on experiential education with rigorous study of society, culture, and politics. As an organizational philosophy and an educational model, the experiential liberal arts guides all three parts of the college’s mission—research, teaching, and public engagement. Faculty and students in our college work together in modes that are key to a liberal arts education, such as analysis, interpretation, and philosophical debate. Equally important, they develop new proficiencies, such as text mining, data visualization, and philanthropic program evaluation. Our faculty and students push the boundaries of knowledge in three areas of strategic focus—the intersections of resilience and sustainability; big data and digital methods in studying cultures, politics, economies, and societies; and governance, globalization, and civic sustainability. Our community of scholars is committed to the innovative study of the past and to finding novel solutions for problems of the present.  Faculty and students engage equally with peoples and cultures around the globe and with local Boston neighborhoods and organizations.

Experiential learning in support of the liberal arts for us means faculty-student research; cooperative education in a broad range of international, national and local organizations; study abroad; research projects in classrooms that meaningfully contribute to solutions to current problems; and service-learning. For our faculty, the experiential liberal arts means conducting world-class research in the social sciences and the humanities as well as engaging with broader audiences through policy advice, commentary in the national and international media, and a long-standing commitment to the public humanities.

Here are a few examples of how we integrate the study of the liberal arts with experiential education:

As dean, I am proud of the work of our students and faculty in the experiential liberal arts. I encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our exciting academic programs, research initiatives, and public engagement activities.


Uta Poiger Signature
Uta Poiger, Dean