Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Yaw Asamoah, Dean of the College of Humanities and Social SciencesIt must be hard to believe that time has passed so quickly and that you are now preparing for your future by pursuing a college degree! Many congratulations to you for making this important commitment to yourself.

    As you decide which institution is right for you, or as you prepare to join the IUP family, I invite you to look closer at what the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at IUP can offer you!

    The College of Humanities and Social Sciences: Living and Learning

    First and foremost, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences provides a high caliber of academic and social preparation for all students at IUP. Today, the college provides approximately 49 percent of all Liberal Studies courses offered at the university and offers fifty-four majors in the twelve departments in the college, which means that our commitment to the intellectual and personal growth of all undergraduates at IUP is unparalleled. Additionally, we deliver 25 percent of the graduate programs offered at IUP. By supporting an awareness and an appreciation of our diverse cultural heritages, values, and aspirations, and by emphasizing that a broad knowledge base is essential for your professional education, the college fosters intellectual and social involvement that is central to the academic and professional preparation of the citizens of our times.

    These important and diverse missions are made possible by our exceptional faculty, who are dedicated to teaching while still pursuing their own research. This excellence has been recognized by the university Senate, which has awarded ten faculty members in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching. Moreover, 50 percent of the Distinguished Faculty Research Award recipients have come from our college and twenty-one of our faculty members have been inducted into the distinguished national honor society of Phi Kappa Phi. Our talented teacher/scholar faculty means that you will have the opportunity to learn from intellectuals and professionals who are contributing to the knowledge of their disciplines and fields.

    If you wish to pursue your own research in preparation for graduate school, a career, or out of personal interest and commitment, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences may have even more to offer you! The departments of Anthropology, Economics, English, French, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Spanish have established departmental Honors Tracks that allow excellent students to work closely with faculty in the major to complete independent research projects. In many cases, these departmental honors students join the approximately 44 percent of Robert E. Cook Honors College students who have chosen a major in our college. We are the academic and intellectual home for some of the strongest students at IUP!

    The College of Humanities and Social Sciences strives to offer learning opportunities that are challenging and rewarding for all students, in the classroom as well as out of class. From our Centers and Institutes, where cutting-edge research is being conducted and brought back into the classroom, to internship opportunities that provide students with real-world experience to complement traditional learning, to study-abroad programs where students can become immersed in other cultures, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is committed to cultivating the skills and habits of mind essential for students to flourish in and contribute to the society in which they live.

    I hope that you, too, will find your home in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. It truly is an intellectual community that is Living and Learning together!

    Best Wishes,
    Dr. Yaw Asamoah
    Dean, The College of Humanities and Social Sciences