College of Humanities and Social Sciences

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dean, Deborah Boehm-Davis

Research Council: Lisa Kahn
Centers, Faculty, Grants
Acronym: CHSS Unit Profile Phone: (703) 993-5569
Location: C110 College Hall, 4400 University Drive, MS 3A3, Fairfax, VA 22030


The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) research enterprise is dynamic and growing, with an important impact on evidence-based research and policy making in a full range of fields. Departments and Research Centers offer cutting edge approaches whether you are interested in Neuroergonomics, New Media, Climate Change Communication, Crime Policy, or any of the other relevant disciplines found in this college.

Our outstanding faculty members are leaders in their disciplines and show ever-increasing success in collaborative research, reaching across the college and university as well as advancing knowledge both nationally and internationally. Recognition for their extraordinary achievements is attested by Nobel Prizes, Pulitzer Prizes, McArthur Fellowships, Guggenheim Fellowships, the Stockholm Prize in Criminology, and many additional prestigious awards. Faculty Scholarship is acknowledged and supported by awards including Fulbright, ACLS, National Endowment for the Humanities and more. Hundreds of books, book chapters, and journal articles have resulted from their scholarship.

Students benefit from this exciting environment through opportunities to research at all levels, whether as an undergraduate, graduate, or post-doctoral fellow. Our classrooms, laboratories and field studies offer students a means to find their place in the world and the perspective necessary to envision ways to make it a better place.


African and African American Studies


Criminology, Law and Society

Cultural Studies



Film and Media Studies

Global Affairs

Higher Education

History and Art History

Honors College

Individualized Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Latin American Studies

Modern and Classical Languages

New Century College


Philosophy, Politics, and Economics


Public and International Affairs

Religious Studies

Russian and Eurasian Studies

Sociology and Anthropology

Women and Gender Studies

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